Dulichium Arundinaceum- Three Way Sedge
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- The size of the leaves can range from 6 inches long and 8 mm (1/3 inch) wide (from the upper-half) to the lowest leaves lacking blades, causing the bottom half of the sedge to appear naked.
Dulichium Arundinaceum - Three Way Sedge
Hardy Planting Zone: 2b - 10
Mature Height: 1 - 3ft
Soil requirements: Wet soil (clay, loam, or sand)
Growing speed: Rapid
more commonly known as the Three-way Sedge or the Dwarf Water Bamboo, is a marsh and wetland species native to North America. This perennial sedge is rather easy to identify due to its unique appearance. The plant has a rare bamboo-like appearance due to the multiple, erect, unbranded stems that emerge from its base. Leaves produced from the stalks in an alternate spiraling pattern with three leaves per cycle. Thus, the leaves appear as three columns when viewed from above, giving the sedge its distinctive name. The leaves themselves are hairless, flat and leathery. The size of the leaves can range from 6 inches long, and 8 mm (1/3 inch) wide (from the upper-half) to the lowest leaves lacking blades, causing the bottom half of the sedge to appear naked. Immediately above the leaves, on the upper half of the stem, are spikes also arranged in sedge’s 3-ranked pattern. Overall, the sedge provides an additional pine-like touch to its environment. The Three-Way Sedge is found in high-quality wetlands. This sedge can withstand a wide variety of soil types including clay, loam, and sandy muck. It grows at a rapid grass-like rate, but seeded sedges will require a couple of seasons to reach its mature size. The sedge needs wet ground or shallow water (up to 6 in low), and full or partial sun. The Three-Way Sedge is often found in fresh tidal and nontidal marshes, bogs, swamps, and near pond edges. Clusters of this sedge provide a protective cover for various kinds of wetland wildlife. Though it prefers a cold and moist climate, Three-Way Sedges found in southern ecosystems can tolerate more heat if provided additional shade. Overall it requires minimal care if planted in its native habitat.