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Carex atherodes

Slough Sedge

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Carex atherodes (Slough Sedge)

An attractive tussock-forming perennial sedge that lives in marshes, swamps, wet meadows, ditches, stream and pond margins, usually in shallow water. Uncommon in Missouri, but often locally abundant and aggressive throughout its range, this species is capable of spreading to form large communities through rhizomes which makes it useful for streambank stabilization projects. This species flowers from June to July and has separate male and female spikes, which is relatively unique. It also has hairy leaves with a purple tinge. Largely lives in northern latitudes, with a few populations in northern Missouri.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
1-2 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 4, 5

Good Companions
Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Rice Cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides), Water Sedge (Carex aquatilis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Root

Fibrous
Rhizomes

Soil Moisture

High

Special Features

Evergreen

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Birds