Awl-Fruited Sedge

Awl-Fruited Sedge

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Carex stipata, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Full Sun-Shade
Soil: Wet-Medium Wet
Height: 3 feet

DescriptionCarex stipata actively grows during the spring and fall when soil temperatures are cool. It can be found in areas with full shade or full sun and all sun exposure in between.  It is less flexible with its moisture requirements however, needing consistently moist or even wet soils.  This may include river banks, shores, floodplain forests, wet meadows, and marshes. The plant is exceptionally well at adapting to change and establishing quickly in wetlands making it an excellent rehabilitation plant. Carex stipata will not be bothered by visitors of deer and other herbivores. The plant does attract insects and waterfowl though; species of many different caterpillars will eat the foliage of this Sedge.  The seeds are eaten by birds such as woodcocks, ducks, and swamp sparrows.