Sep. 30, 2018

rosy sedge, Carex rosea

Petals aren't everything! A great many plants do fine without, sedges for example. Many a spring wildflower enthusiast has passed these by in their search for those showy petals. They deserve better. They're an important part of the spring woodland flora, along with their many wind pollinated brethren. Another case where getting down to ground level can reveal unexpected beauty, and a whole different world of identification puzzles to solve. Rosy sedge is one of the more common and widespread, growing in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, 5/18/13.