Fibrousroot sedge

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

Scientific name: Carex communis L.H. Bailey

Common name(s): fibrousroot sedge, fibrous-root sedge, fibrous-rooted sedge, colonial oak sedge

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

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– early-fruiting perennial

– typically yellow-green

-broad leaf bases

-stem leaf blade 2.6–5 mm in width

-dense tussocks

– may be confused with C. lucorum, also found in wild blueberry fields, or C. pensylvanica; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


– found in dry places







Go Botany. “Carex Communis Bailey.” Carex Communis (Fibrous-Rooted Sedge): Go Botany, 2021,

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