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Carex Lupulina- Hop Sedge

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Carex Lupulina, commonly known as Hop Sedge, presents a hardy perennial suitable to moist conditions, especially along wetlands and lakes. Hop Sedge grows in a wide range throughout the Eastern United States and Canada as represented by USDA hardy pl

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Carex Lupulina- Hop Sedge

Carex Lupulina- Hop Sedge, commonly known as Hop Sedge, presents a hardy perennial suitable to humid conditions, especially along wetlands and lakes. Hop Sedge grows in a wide range throughout the Eastern United States and Canada as represented by USDA hardy planting zones 3 through 9. The plant has been known to survive temperatures as low as negative 38 degrees Fahrenheit. It matures to a height of three to four feet. Hop Sedge puts out strong growth each Spring and then produces green flowers and seeds throughout the remainder of the growing season. The plants thrive in moist soils with a fine to medium texture consisting of loam or combinations of sandy loam or clay loam. Alluvial sediments are an ideal soil. Occasional flooding of growth areas by stagnant water does not harm the plant. Suitable planting areas for Hop Sedge receive full sun or only partial shade. Species will tolerate partially shady edges of a wooded wetland. The plant has the general appearance of an ornamental grass except that stem is three sided. Leaves are long and light green. At the height of one to three feet, the stems divide into a radial pattern of long spiky leaves that could grow to lengths of 2 feet. Long leaves tend to flop over and in arching displays of vegetation. The spiky green flowers emerge from this location. They are similar in appearance to clusters of wheat berries on a stalk but larger and resembling a hops flower. Pollination depends on the wind. As flowers mature, they produce three-angle achenes or seeds. Hop Sedge provides fodder for a variety of insects and butterfly larvae that go on to support a broader ecosystem of carnivorous insects and birds. Deer browse on the plant sparingly because it is not their preferred food. People engaged in wetland and shoreline restoration projects often use Carex Lupulina. Carex Lupulina- Hop Sedge

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