Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Short’s Sedge

Carex shortiana
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Wetland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Brown
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Short's sedge by Scott Woodbury
Photo: Scott Woodbury
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

18 to
24
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Will tolerate wet or dry soils in full sun or partial shade. Prefers poor, infertile soils.
Establishment and Care Instructions
May flop over if the soil is too rich.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

A clump-forming sedge with chocolate-brown seed heads and blue-green leaves.

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