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Carex stricta

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

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: green, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
  • Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
  • Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

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Description

Carex stricta

Also known as:

tussock sedge

,

uptight sedge

,

upright sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Carex stricta var. strictior, Carex strictior

Description

Carex stricta is an elegant, impressive sedge that can grow up to 4' tall and as much across. With gracefully-arching, fine-textured leaves it is more reminiscent of fountain grasses than of most sedges. As suggested by its common name, it forms dense tussocks (areas raised above the water line, in a marsh or bog, that are bound together by roots). The foliage will develop a straw-like color over winter, and can be cut back in early spring if a well-kempt appearance is desired.

Cultivation

Tussock sedge is a sun-loving Carex species that thrives in sandy or mucky soil and is tolerant of intermittent flooding. It is found growing on the margins of fresh-water marshes, swamps and bogs, and wet roadside ditches. Its dense, fibrous and rhizomatous root system make it an ideal choice for erosion control. Other recommended uses include bioswales, stormwater mitigation, and wetland restoration. If grown under drier (yet moist) conditions, Carex stricta will take on more of a spreading habit rather than a clumping one. A very cold-hardy species. Zones 3-8

Additional Notes

Carex stricta is valuable to wildlife. It is a host plant to many species of skippers, moths and other insects. It provide shelter (and to a lesser extent food) to a variety of reptiles, small mammals and birds.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

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 stricta tussock sedge