Photo credit: Jay Sturner, via Wikimedia Commons
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 3 feet
Type: Cool-season, root system is fibrous and rhizomatous.
Suggested Uses: A nice landscape plant for shoreline restoration. This is a sedge for drier soil. It is stiffer, but finer in texture, than many of the sedges. Does not like competition from tall forbs.
Wildlife: Upland gamebirds enjoy the seeds of this sedge. Carex spp. are wind-pollinated but still attractive and beneficial to many species of butterflies, skippers and moths which feed on the leaves. Carex spp., in general, are excellent an source of food for a variety of birds.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest and parts of New England. Native throughout much of Minnesota.
More Information: USDA PLANT profile