Blue Ridge sedge

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Carex lucorum Willd. ex Link

Common name(s): Blue Ridge sedge, fire sedge

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

– has long, slender rhizomes

-leaf blade is 0.5-4 mm wide

– looks similar to C. nigra, especially when not in bloom or in early bloom.  See Go Botany webpage for C. nigra. May also be confused with C. communis, which occurs in wild blueberry fields, or C. pensylvanica



-well drained soils






Go Botany. “Carex Lucorum Willd. Ex Link.” Carex Lucorum (Blue Ridge Sedge): Go Botany, 2021,

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)