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Carex squarrosa

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

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

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

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

Carex squarrosa (squarrose sedge)
  • Carex squarrosa (squarrose sedge)
  • Carex squarrosa (squarrose sedge)

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Description

Carex squarrosa

Also known as:

squarrose sedge

,

narrow-leaved cattail sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex squarrosa is a medium-size, medium-textured sedge. It grows to a height of 3' when in seed, with leaf blades about 1/4" wide and 12" long. It has a clumping habit and maintains a vase-like form with its leaf blades typically angling downward midway. The color will vary from bright green to dark green, depending on growing conditions. The spiky, thimble-shaped seed heads are quite showy, begin to develop in late spring, and persist well into summer.

Cultivation

Squarrose sedge is very versatile and adapted to a variety of soil types with high levels of moisture, and can withstand seasonal or periodic inundation. Its preference is part-sun to part-shade, although it will tolerate full sun as well as full shade. This species will form dense clumps via a fibrous and short rhizomatous root system, but is well-behaved and does not spread aggressively. It is a good choice around water features, and is of particular value for shaded bioswales and rain gardens. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by division.

Additional Notes

Typically, rain gardens require full sun, but this species's tolerance of shade and periodic inundation, make it an excellent choice for rain gardens that will receive minimum sun exposure.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: CT

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 squarrosa squarrose sedge