Carex arenaria L.
Carex arenaria, commonly known as sand sedge, is a grass.
Carex arenaria was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Carex arenaria is a species in the genus Carex which contains approximately 2264 to 2485 species and belongs to the family of the Cyperaceae (Sedge Family). The type species of the genus is Carex hirta.
The grasses reach heights of 15 to 60 centimetres.
Carex arenaria has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Carex arenaria produces spikes of brown flowers from May to October.
The grasses produce nuts.
Carex arenaria is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Germany, Poland and the European Russia (Belarus, the Ukraine, Moldova, Crimea) and is naturalized in North America.
The grasses tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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