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Carex stricta (Tussock Sedge)

Upright Sedge, Uptight Sedge, Tussock Sedge, Carex stricta var. strictior, Carex strictior

Carex stricta, Upright Sedge, Uptight Sedge, Tussock Sedge, Carex stricta var. strictior, Carex strictior

Carex stricta (Tussock Sedge) is a rhizomatous evergreen sedge forming a dense tussock of grass-like, rich blue-green leaves. As the leaves die off, they form a distinctive, elevated mounded clump or tussock surrounding the base, hence the common name. In late spring, green flower spikes appear above the foliage, turning chocolate brown as they mature. Deer and wet soil tolerant, Tussock Sedge requires very little care and provides year-round interest. Native to eastern North America, it is well suited to a shoreline and adds a pretty fountain shape in the water garden, where it provides good cover for birds and frogs.

  • Grows up to 12-36 in. tall (30-90 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). Spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist to wet, acidic or neutral soils. It will even grow in shallow water 2-3 in. deep (5-7 cm). Tolerates seasonal flooding.
  • This is an excellent plant for plantings near ponds and streams where its foliage can be reflected for double the pleasure. Can be grown as an accent plant or a ground cover too.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. deer resistant. 
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)
Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ (Blue Sedge)
Carex plantaginea (Plantain-Leaf Sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)
Carex pseudocyperus (Sedge Hop)

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Iris virginica (Southern Blue Flag)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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