Carex plantaginea Lam.
Common Name: SEDGE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge

Usually in rich deciduous forests, especially beech-maple-hemlock stands, but occasionally in moister ground, as under cedar; typically on hummocks, slopes, and banks. 

This is the most easily recognizable, quintessentially woodland sedge in Michigan, with distinctive broad evergreen leaves with purple-red bases and a "puckered" (seersucker) texture. The bracts on the culms consist only of purple-red sheaths, lacking blades. Carex plantaginea flowers very early, with the spring ephemeral flora, when it is especially visible because of the large evergreen clumps. In fruit in early June, the plant becomes conspicuous again as the ephemerals begin to die back. This is also a fine species for adding evergreen character and textural diversity to woodland gardens.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. June 17, 2019. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1027.