Golden Star Sedge, Carex rosea

Golden Star Sedge

Carex rosea

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Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Soil Conditions: Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Green
Fragrance: No
Height: 1 foot
Spacing: 1 foot

Golden Star Sedge, Carex albicans, also called White 5inged Sedge or Oak Sedge, is a rhizomatous perennial sedge that grows in a clump to 15-20 inches tall. It is found in messic to dry upland forests and shaded ledges and less frequently in sandy bottomland forests. Narrow, grass-like, upright-arching, bright green leaf blades grow in either dense tufts or loose colonies of tufts.

The blooming period occurs during late spring, lasting about 1-2 weeks. The florets are cross-pollinated by the wind. Afterwards, the mature perigynia become detached from their spikelets; each perigynium contains a single achene. The achenes are about 1.5 mm. long and a little less across; they are broadly lenticular (lentil-like) in shape and somewhat flattened. The root system is fibrous and short-rhizomatous.

Fruits are trigonous, one-seeded achenes enclosed in sac-like bracts (perigynia). Over 1500 species of Carex grow in a variety of habitats (often moist to wet areas) throughout the world. Identification of individual species can be very difficult.

Habitats include moist sand prairies and meadows, inter-dunal swales, sandy fens, hillside seeps and springs, and shallow beach pools. This sedge can be found in both disturbed and higher quality habitats that are very sandy or rocky.

Easily grown in medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Will grow in full sun. This species tolerates dry soil conditions better than most species of sedges. Plants will slowly spread by rhizomes and will self-seed in optimum growing conditions.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Best grown in groups or massed for foliage effect.
  Effective as a ground cover.
  Good selection for shade/part shade gardens and landscape areas.
  Good year round foliage interest.
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