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Carex barrattii
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Carex barrattii (Barratt’s sedge)

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Carex barrattii is an uncommon species throughout much of its disjunct range in the eastern United States, with the largest populations occurring in New Jersey. Barratt’s sedge is a deciduous Carex that emerges from dormancy in early spring and blooms shortly after in mid-to-late April. Its flowers are short-lived but are nothing short of spectacular, as dark purple scales on terminal spikelets contrast beautifully with the whites and yellows of the styles and stamens. This species spreads slowly by rhizomes and its foliage remains an attractive silvery-blue all season adding to the interest of this unique species. Although Barratt’s sedge has several notable ornamental attributes it is scarce in commerce.


  • Rating
    4.0/3.9 (Shade/Sun) 
  • Common Name
    Barratt’s sedge  
  • Size
    29” x 64” 
  • Growth habit
  • Texture
  • Winter foliage
  • Mowing rating
    2.0/1.7 (shade/sun)