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Carex Stricta- Tussock Sedge

Carex Stricta- Tussock Sedge

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Carex Stricta, commonly known as tussock sedge is also sometimes called upright sedge. It grows in moist partly shady areas such as forests, ponds and marshes, most commonly in the eastern half of the United States and Canada.

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Carex Stricta- Tussock Sedge

Carex Stricta, commonly known as tussock sedge is also sometimes called upright sedge. It grows in moist partly shady areas such as forests, ponds, and marshes, most widely in the eastern half of the United States and Canada. In large fields of tussock sedge, the build-up of decomposed dead grasses at the base forms peat and can burn as a source of fuel. The long leaves are triangular and can grow up to 3 feet in length with dead grass bending outward to the edges as fresh new grass emerges from the center. As the grass grows and dies, the pile forms a dense tussock at the base that rises above the water and is about as wide as the grass is tall.

Carex Stricta- Tussock Sedge

The grass typically flowers in late spring with reddish brown wheat-like spikes that stick up above the grass clumps. The seeds are an excellent source of food for birds, and the plant is often spread via bird droppings. Carex stricta is very easy to grow from seed, but it is faster to establish new plants by removing a chunk of grass from an existing tussock mound. It likes to build along the edges of creeks and ponds where the ground is continuously muddy, and it will tolerate occasional flooding. Tussocks may not form until the second season of growth, as the dead leaves take time to pile up. In drier conditions, the plants may spread out and not form tussocks at all. Plants prefer to live in mucky wet soil with a right amount of compost, but they can survive a dry spell. They make a lovely border to ponds and creeks and can be used to stabilize soil in very wet areas. Cut back the grasses in the early spring to stimulate growth. Carex Stricta- Tussock Sedge