Showy Sedge occurs in the wet soil of meadows or rocky slopes where snow banks linger from 5800-12,000 ft. The plant is one to two feet tall. Showy Sedge likes full sun and part sun, and seasonal flooding. The foliage of Carex spectabilis, like many sedges, resembles iris leaves. Their leaves are long, flat, and shiny. Carex spectabilis has inconspicuous yellow flowers; the flower stalk and bracts are green and more showy than the tiny flowers.
Carex spectabilis tolerates seasonal flooding.
Foliage of Carex spectabilis has color silver and is stressdeciduous.
Flower of Carex spectabilis has color yellow.
Communities for Carex spectabilis:Alpine Fell-Fields, Red Fir Forest and Mountain Meadow.