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Long Beaked Sedge
Carex sprengelii

a.k.a. Sprengel's Sedge

A cool-season, clump-forming perennial herb that is 18-24" tall and forms colonies. It is an excellent woodland plant with very attractive, nodding spikes. It is fit for a wide variety of restorations, especially in forest, shady, or calcareous sites. Because of its bunching nature, it can be used in landscape designs. This sedge is also useful in erosion-control or soil-stabilization sites, especially in shady locations.

USDA symbol: CASP7

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorGreen, White, Yellow
Long Beaked Sedge (Long Beaked Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex sprengelii</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsJune to July
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands