Carex stricta ~ Tussock Sedge
Carex stricta ~ Tussock Sedge
Carex stricta ~ Tussock Sedge

Tussock Sedge

Carex stricta

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 Tussock Sedge is a tufted  na t ive aquatic  grass with evergreen foliage.  Its new fountain-like foliage is a bright green, which grows above its old straw-like leaves that are retained for a year creating a layered effect.  In spring clumps rise above the foliage and when the green flowers mature they are replaced by chocolate brown seed clusters.  Prefers  partial sun and wet soils.


Orn. Grass


N.C and East N. America; SE Native


3' - 4'


1’ - 2’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8


Full Sun Part Sun 

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Spring,  Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings,  Borders Woodland Gardens Wildlife Gardens Naturalized Areas Ponds and Streams Water gardenand Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Wool Grass, Monkey Flower, Goldenrod

IMAGES: Photo by  Frank Mayfield Carex stricta COMMON TUSSOCK SEDGE (2)  gmayfield10, Carex stricta, CC BY-SA 2.0,  (3) Photo by  Patrick Alexander Along a tributary of Casias Creek

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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