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.
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.
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.
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.
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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