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Carex stricta

Tussock Sedge

Tussock sedge grows in 2-3' tall clumps about 2' wide. As old leaves die, they build up around the living plant, making a "tussock" or little hill. It grows in or near water and spreads by rhizomes to make new clumps. As new tussocks form, they trap water between them, helping other aquatic plants get established. It also creates quality cover for breeding frogs, toads, salamanders and insects. Plants are great nest and perching sites for birds, including ducks, small herons, swamp and song sparrows, geese, and others. Other birds use leaves and stems to build nests and a number of birds and small mammals such as mallard, wood duck, wild turkey, cardinal, junco, squirrels feed on the seeds.

Benefits

Evergreen
Provides habitat for amphibians
Provides cover and nest sites for a number of birds including waterfowl
Birds and small mammals feed on the seed
Larval food source for Northern Eyed and Appalachian Browns, Sedge and Two Spotted Skippers and the rare Mitchell's Satyr, as well as other butterflies
Will grow in wet soils or standing water

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Sun to light shade. Best color in full sun. Prefers consistently moist, fertile soil but tolerates drier conditions. Thrives in shallow standing water. Suffers under drought stress. Most effective when planted en masses.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Maine to North Dakota, south to Illinois and North Carolina.

Native Trivia

You can tell sedges and rushes apart by remembering the old rhyme, "Sedges have edges but rushes are round." Sedges have long, green, triangular stems with rough edges while rushes (Juncus) have smooth round stems.


"This multi-purpose sedge benefits my frog neighborhood in countless ways!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming