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Short’s Sedge

Carex shortiana

Dark brown seeds are showy in early summer then eaten by many birds; foliage palatable to livestock



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Short’s Sedge (Carex shortiana) is a native perennial sedge that grows 1.5-2.5′ tall.  It prefers full to partial sun, moist conditions, and fertile loamy soil. This species is typically found in moist meadows near wooded areas and thickets.

Wildlife notes

The flowers are wind pollinated. A variety of caterpillars and insects feed on Sedges.  The seeds are an important food source for many kinds of birds including turkeys, grouse, pheasants and quail. The Common Mole occasionally eats the roots and rhizomes of Carex spp. Deer graze the leaves during winter and spring.

Forage notes

Cattle, sheep and goats enjoy the foliage. Some sedges remain green and succulent during winter and provide a valuable source of forage when most plants are dormant.

Landscaping notes

Short’s Sedge has distinctive dark brown spikelets that are rather showy during the early summer.  It tolerates wet or dry soils in full sun or partial shade and prefers poor, infertile soils. Short’s Sedge is a great addition to rain gardens, wooded areas, water features, or in wetter parts of your landscape.

Restoration notes

Habitats include openings in moist woodlands, woodland borders, moist prairies (particularly along rivers), sedge meadows, seeps and fens, low-lying areas along rivers and ponds, abandoned fields, and ditches.

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Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

6 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.