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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.