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Carex stricta Lam.
Upright sedge, Uptight sedge, Tussock sedge
Synonym(s): Carex stricta var. strictior, Carex strictior
USDA Symbol: CAST8
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A slender, 1-3 ft. grass-like plant with a cluster of brown seed capsules clinging high on the stem. Stems bearing greenish or brownish spikes of inconspicuous flowers above dense tufts of grass-like leaves. Green leaves are exceeded by the stem in height. Forms large tufts or hummocks to 3 ft. wide.
The easiest way to recognize this sedge is by its distinctive, elevated tussocks (dense tufts) in open wet areas. It grows abundantly, often in seasonally flooded sites.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
May , Jun Bloom Notes: Perianth
absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
, WV Canada: MB
, QC Native Distribution:
N.B. to Ont., s. to NC, TN
& KS Native Habitat:
Acid or neutral swamps; swales; low woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet soil to standing water.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Excellent nesting habitat for rails and snipes. Use Other:
Harvested for insulation in ice packing houses and used for rug making. (Kershaw) Attracts:
Birds , Butterflies Larval Host:
butterfly (Poanes massasoit)
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff