Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta) in the Sedges Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: Brown
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 15, 2019 10:15 AM

This species is native from southern Quebec & Ontario to North Carolina to Missouri to North & South Dakota in various wetland situations, including a little bit into standing water. It makes a good upright clump or mass of narrow 3/8 inch wide blades that is good for a garden accent, groundcover, or erosion control. It is usually used along water or in low wet spots, but will work in upland areas if the soils stays moist. Cut the foliage down in early spring for better looks. Like most American sedges, it is a cool season grass-like plant. It is offered by some native plant nurseries or conservation districts for erosion control.

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