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Carex stricta Lam.
Upright sedge, Uptight sedge, Tussock sedge
USDA Symbol: CAST8
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB
, QC Native Distribution:
N.B. to Ont., s. to NC, TN & KS Native Habitat:
Acid or neutral swamps; swales; low woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff