Tight clustered seed heads rise above a leafy base and turn a beautiful golden brown in late summer on this upright adaptable sedge. The short tufted clumps of fine leaves (only about 10 invh long by 1/8 inch wide) grow very well in dry sunny areas, but also thrive in wetlands. It can be used both in formal gardens and as part of the base layer of a meadow or prairie. A great groundcover, it is host to several skippers and the seeds provide food for both songbirds and gamebirds. Shortbeak Sedge is tolerant of both sandy and rocky soil, preferring loam and sandy loam.
Native Range: across southern Canada from NB to ON. In the US, it is found in almost every state except CA, NV, UT, FL, LA & SC. Rare in OH, PA, & VT. Extirpated in DE.
Germination - Easy: Cold Stratify 8 weeks
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