Aptly named, the flowering parts of this sedge are very showy; they are borne on stems up to two feet tall. The terminal spike is male, the yellow anthers clearly shown, and there are 3-4 female spikes below.
Location: High Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 1, 2014
The flowers are not fully opened in this specimen.
Location: Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 2, 2013
Clump forming with two-foot tall stems that are often purplish at the base, this is a common sedge, particularly above 5,000 feet.
Location: Frozen Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: September 1, 2010