Plant Detail

Carex eburnea

* Common Name:

ebony sedge, black fruited sedge, bristleleaf sedge

* Genus:

Carex

* Species:

eburnea

Subspecies:

* Family (scientific):

Cyperaceae

* Family (common):

Sedge

Synonyms :

* Distribution in Canada:

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland
Yukon
N.W.T.
Nunavut

 

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Habitat

Ecozone(s):

Taiga Shield
Boreal Shield
Atlantic Maritime
Mixedwood Plains
Prairies
Taiga Cordillera
Montane Cordillera

Natural Habitat(s):

Savannah (25-35% cover)
Prairie/Meadow/Field
Riparian (edge)
Swamp/Marsh (nutrient rich)
Alvar
Rocky Bluff

Habitat Garden(s):

Erosion Control?

Characteristics
 
Growing Conditions

* Plant Type:

Grass/Sedge

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal

Light Requirements: Partial Shade

Soil Requirements: Sand

Calciphile

Temperature Zone:

Evergreen?

No

Average Height:

10 to 30 cm

Tolerances:

Drought Tolerant

Flower Info
 
Fruit/Seed Info

Showy flowers?

No

Showy fruit/seeds?

No

Bloom time:

May to Jul

Edible for humans?

Flower Colour(s):

Green/Brown

Fruit/Seed Colour(s):

Black

Miscellaneous
 
Uses

Fragrant Flowers?

Urban Oasis, Stewards in the City, and Eco Superior are specific Evergreen programs that some plants are used in.

Fragrant Foliage?

Program & Other Uses:

Fall colours?

Distinctive bark?

Poisonous to humans?

Thorns or prickles?

Attracts wildlife?

Birds
Butterfly Larvae

Larval host for:

Provincial tree/flower?

Plant Watch species?

Interesting Tidbits
 
References

Distinctive Sedge. Thin, wiry leaves. Tuft forming; good for dry areas that are damp in spring, especially beneath cedars. Tiny, jet-black seeds in fall. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)

Found at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres, especially in the Rocky Mountains where it occurs frequently. (E-Flora BC, Flora of North America)

Habitat Information: Woodland dry areas on calcium rich soils, rocky calcareous areas such as slopes, rocky outrcops, a common plant in alkaline dolomite lakeshores. Sedge spp. are in general quite deer resistant. (Illinois Wildflowers)

Garden Uses: This small sedge with ornamental black and brown flowers in the spring is a nice plant for woodland gardens, especially for beside paths, and in large swaths. (Evergreen)

Insect Relationships: This is a general record for Carex spp. (Sedges): They attract few insects. Larvae of butterflies, skippers, and moths (see Lepidoptera Table) eat leaves. The seeds of sedges are quite an important food for various waterfowl, rails, upland gamebirds, and granivorous songbirds depending upon sedge type and habitat. (Illinois Wildflowers)

Traditional Edible, Medicinal Uses: There are no known records for this and other ethnobotanical uses of this plant. (Evergreen)

NatureServe

E-Flora BC

Flora of North America

Illinois Wildflowers

Ontario Native Plants: 2002 Resource Guide
Ontario Native Plants Company
2002



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