Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: bog plant, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, salt tolerant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Carex comosaAlso known as:
Carex comosa is an attractive sedge with light-green foliage and a fountain-like, clumping form. The leaves are erect to gently arching, and grow up to a height of 2'. The flowering culms can extend another couple of feet above the foliage. The flowering spikelets are large when compared to most Carex - up to 2 1/2" long - attractive and conspicuous, and are shaped like a bottle brush, hence the often-used common name bottlebrush sedge.
Longhair sedge almost exclusively occurs in wetlands. It is well adapted to mucky soil and is typically found growing in boggy areas, wet ditches, and along pond and stream margins. It can withstand regular inundation, and is one of the most ornamental sedges for use in rain gardens. Clumps will slowly expand by means of short rhizomes. The root system is fibrous and dense, making this species a favorite option for soil stabilization and erosion control. The preference is full, to part-sun. Zones 4-10
Propagate from seed or by clump division.
The seeds are very attractive to many species of wetland birds. Very deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Historical: KY
- Sensitive: WA
- Threatened: TN
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