Carex intumescens (En: carex gonflé | En: Bladder sedge)
Bladder sedge typically grows in dense clumps and produces thin, vibrant green leaves that can reach up to 60 cm in height. Its seeds aka spikelets are quite attractive, appearing almost "inflated" that rise above the foliage in late spring to early summer and give it the name "Bladder sedge".
Bladder sedge is an excellent choice for wetland restoration projects, erosion control, and habitat restoration. Its dense root system helps to stabilize soils and prevent erosion, while also providing important habitat for wildlife such as waterfowl and other wetland birds.
Habitat: Bladder sedge is commonly found in wetlands and along the margins of streams, ponds, and lakes. It can tolerate both seasonal and permanent flooding, making it an ideal choice for restoration and stabilization of riparian areas.
Sun requirements: Bladder sedge prefers full to partial sun, but can also tolerate some shade.
Moisture requirements: Bladder sedge thrives in wet soils and requires a consistent supply of moisture. It can tolerate both saturated and intermittently flooded soils, but cannot tolerate extended periods of drought.
Soil requirements: Bladder sedge grows well in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils, but can tolerate mildly alkaline soils as well.