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Sedge Seed Collection at PRI

There are two main sedges I collect seed for in the fall.

Carex lupulina, also known as Hop sedge, grows in sunny to shady conditions, in wet to mesic soils. It is a good choice for rain gardens, along swamp edges and lake shore. It has an interesting hop-like seed head. Seed heads form in July and start turning brown when ripe in later September. Seeds from sedges are an important food source for birds and turtles.

Carex grayi, also known as Common bur sedge, grows in sunny to shady conditions, in wet to mesic soils. It is a good choice for rain gardens, along swamp edges and lake shores. Seed heads, shaped like spiked balls resembling a medieval mace, form in June and turn brown in late September when mature for harvest. Carex grayi is deer resistant. This plant survives seasonal flooding and relies on water for seed dispersal.
Consider these often overlooked sedges in your landscape.

Nancy Linden
Woodland Production Manager

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