Ornamental Grass - Tussock Sedge - 1 Gal.


Carex stricta

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.

Interesting Notes

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.

Plant Details

Zone: 5 - 8

Mature Size: 2-3ft High x 2-3ft Wide

Growing 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.

Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Partial Sun

Availability and quality confirmed as of Monday, June 17 2019

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