Carex sprengelii

Common name: Long-beaked Sedge

Native plant

Long-Beaked Sedge is a clump forming sedge.  It is quite attractive and is a good choice as an ornamental, although it does die back to basal leaves during the hot summer months.  Fertile culms terminate in inflorescence up to a foot long that droop as the seeds start to develop.  Blooming occurs mid to late spring and lasts one to two weeks.  Seeds are a great food source for gamebirds and migrating songbirds.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Moist Woods, Savannas, Wetlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Rain garden suited

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