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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Pale Sedge - Pages 54-55

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Pale Sedge
Carex granularis

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Prefers moist soil. Species tolerates 1 inch of standing water for short durations. C. granularis is a flatwood and fen species.

Wildlife Value

Not available.


Used in partially shaded upper shoreline zones.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Has been observed recovering from soil seed bank.
  • Germination is best from fresh seed.
  • Store seed dry (14% moisture) cold, overwinter, and sow the following spring.

Pale Sedge
Carex granularis

Mature Height
0.5 - 2 feetPale Sedge

Plant Type
Perennial sedge

Indicator Status
Facultative Wet (+)

Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance
Low to moderate

Salt Tolerance

Siltation Tolerance
Not tolerant

Flowering Color and Time
April to July

Light Preference
Partial to full sun

Seeding Rate
.031 lbs/acre

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