Creeping Sedge

Creeping Sedge Plant Information

Creeping Sedge grows in the following 18 states:

Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Washington

Carex chordorrhiza, commonly called creeping sedge or string sedge, is a species of perennial plant in the family Cyperaceae with Holarctic distribution growing in acidic bogs.

Carex chordorrhiza has an unusual growth habit, where prostrate stems produce new shoots the following year. Using this means of growth, C. chordorrhiza can grow vegetatively by up to 70 centimetres (28in) per year. This habit is considered so distinct from all other Carex species that C. chordorrhiza is placed in its own section, Carex sect. Chordorrhizae, although similar habits are seen in other species such as Carex limosa.
The culms of C. chordorrhiza are 5-32cm (2-13in) long, and are initially erect. As they mature, the stems become prostrate and can reach a length of 120cm (47in). The inflorescences are 5-16mm (0.20-0.63in) long and 4-12mm (0.16-0.47in) wide.
The distribution of Carex chordorrhiza is circumpolar in boreal and subarctic areas. It is found in Iceland, Scandinavia, northern Germany, Poland, northern Russia, and in North America from Alaska to Greenland, and occurs more patchily as far south as Indiana and the Pyrenees.
Within the British Isles, it is restricted to two sites in the Scottish Highlands, at the head of Loch Naver (near Altnaharra, West Sutherland) and in the Insh Marshes (Easterness & Nairns).

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