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Carex lupulina

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, lime-green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Carex lupulina (hop sedge)
  • Carex lupulina (hop sedge)
  • Carex lupulina (hop sedge)
  • Carex lupulina (hop sedge)

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Description

Carex lupulina

Also known as:

hop sedge

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Scientific Synonyms:

Carex lupulina var. pedunculata, Carex ×macounii

Description

Carex lupulina is robust, attractive sedge with light-green foliage and a fountain-like, clumping form. It is one of the taller sedges, with leaves that are erect to gently arching, and that grow up to a height of 4'. The flowering spikelets are large - 2 1/2" by 1" - attractive, conspicuous, and made of tightly clustered spiked scales.

Cultivation

Hp sedge almost exclusively occurs in wetlands. It is well adapted to mucky soil and is typically found growing in boggy areas, wet ditches, along pond and stream margins, as well as flooded woodlands. 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. It is one of the more shade tolerant wetland sedges. Zones 4-10

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by clump division.

Additional Notes

The seeds are very attractive to many species of wetland birds. Very deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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 lupulina hop sedge