Perennial

Carex stricta

Tussock Sedge

  • Evergreen
  • Native
  • Provides habitat for amphibians and birds
  • Birds and small mammals feed on seed
  • Larval food source for many butterflies
  • Forms a useful tussock
  • Will grow in wet soils or standing water

Tussock sedge grows in 2-3' tall clumps about 2' wide. As old leaves die, they build up around the living plant, making a "tussock" or little hill. It grows in or near water and spreads by rhizomes to make new clumps. As new tussocks form, they trap water between them, helping other aquatic plants get established. It also creates quality cover for breeding frogs, toads, salamanders and insects. Plants are great nest and perching sites for birds, including ducks, small herons, swamp and song sparrows, geese, and others. Other birds use leaves and stems to build nests and a number of birds and small mammals such as mallard, wood duck, wild turkey, cardinal, junco, squirrels feed on the seeds.

Great Foliage
Great Foliage
Ornamental Grass
Ornamental Grass
Native
Native
Ground Cover
Ground Cover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Partial Sun
Partial Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Moist, Well-Drained
Moist, Well-Drained
Average Water
Average Water

Characteristics and Attributes