Pennsylvania Sedge Flowers

Carex pensylvanica is one of the first graminiods to flower in Minnesota, shown here on May 3, 2011. The tiny flowering culms bear male flowers at the apex, when pollen sheds the flowers are light green to beige and tapping the stem produces a small cloud of pollen on sunny warm days. The female flowers are just below the male flowers. Only 6-10″ tall, this woodland sedge prefers drier sites. It spreads by rhizomes and has reddish leaf bases.

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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