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Carex lurida has a widespread native range, which encompasses the eastern half of North America. It is found in wet meadows, marshes, the edges of bodies of water, open swamp forests, ditches, and wetlands. Lurid Sedge is also found in wet or moist sandy, acidic soil. Its foliage is bright yellow green and grows in an attractive cascading clump. It spreads by short rhizomes. Spikey, green seedheads appear in late spring. Carex lurida is useful for ditches and wet areas and it can adapt to average soil. Tolerates some shade. Useful in rain gardens, bioswales, ditches, and wet areas. Lurid Sedge is also called Shallow Sedge. Lurida comes from the Latin luridus referring the yellow cast on its green foliage and seedheads.
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