Carex aquatilis

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: poor

Height: 1'-4'

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, emergent, mat-forming, stream margin plant, wetland plant

Carex aquatilis (water sedge)
  • Carex aquatilis (water sedge)
  • Carex aquatilis (water sedge)
  • Carex aquatilis (water sedge)
  • Carex aquatilis (water sedge)

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Description

Carex aquatilis

Also known as:

water sedge

,

leafy tussock sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex aquatilis will vary in height, depending on local conditions, from 1' to over 4'. The leaves are narrow, up to 1/4 across, and borne at the base of the plant's triangular stem. It has an open form, with individual stems emerging from a rhizomatous root system. The seed heads are up to 2' long, and rather distinctive.

Cultivation

Carex aquatilis is a sod-forming, grass-like wetland plant, adapted to constant moisture and grows on the water's edge, or in shallow water. It will tolerate poor, oxygen starved environments, and disturbed soil. The root system forms dense fibrous mats, making the species a good choice for erosion control, and stream bank stabilization. It requires full sun. Water sedge is circumboreal, with a native range extending form the Arctic as far south as as Virginia. Zones 2-7

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or root division.

Additional Notes

Carex aquatilis is a valuable late season source of fodder for browsing mammals, and a source of food and shelter for many species of water fowl.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NJ
  • Threatened: PA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae Sedge family
Genus Carex sedge
Species Carex aquatilis water sedge