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Carex Comosa - Bristly Sedge

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Carex Comosa, commonly known as bristly sedge because of its bristly seed heads, is a perennial wetland plant species that is a member of the sedge family and is commonly found in marshland environments. This species is native to North America, and i

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Carex Comosa - Bristly Sedge

Carex Comosa, commonly known as bristly sedge because of its bristly seed heads, is a perennial wetland plant species that is a member of the sedge family and is frequently found in marshland environments. This species is native to North America and is an excellent choice for helping to control erosion. Appearance Bristly sedge's namesake is its bristly seed heads. It is green in color, and its full height can range from one foot to four feet. Spikes form on the top of the plant - these spikes contain the seeds. Bristle sedge's leaves are usually green, but the leaf sheaths can also be brown. The leaves can grow up to 16 millimeters wide. The plant's spikes droop on its slender stalks when fully developed. Habitat Bristle sedge grows in wetlands such as marshes or bogs, although it can also become in meadows. The plant does best in a fully sunny environment, but can even thrive in partly shady areas. Bristly sedge prefers cool soil, and thus grows in the spring and fall. It matures in the summer, typically in June or July. Growing Conditions This plant does best in full sunlight, but it can also thrive in partly shady areas. It prefers cooler soil to grow in and grows mostly in peat, sand, clay, and loam types of land. Bristly sedge grows well in a variety of wet environments, including riverbanks, marshes, bogs, and shores. Benefits of Bristly Hedge Bristle sedge increases and spreads slowly, and is useful for controlling erosion. It is excellent for large planting projects, particularly in the colder seasons. Also, this plant species is helpful to local wildlife as it is a food source for some animals. Smaller animals may also like to use it to hide for cover.