Carex rostrata

beaked sedge - Carex rostrata 09JN18-03
beaked sedge - Carex rostrata 09JN14-01

characteristics

Stems are stout and erect with flat powdery looking green leaves 5 - 10 mm wide. The leaves of this plant look similar to prairie cordgrass, however, the stems are distinctly triangular and the leaf edges are smooth.

A frost-tolerant, prolific seeder with a lifespan of 2-6 years.

Often found with fewflowered spikesedge, water horsetail, swamp cinquefoil, sphagnum moss.

Starts from seed, bare root, sprig, cutting.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 1.1 S S/PS F-M W ••• - 4.5-7.0 green - brown

habitat

Wet meadows, marshes, edges of lakes, ponds, streams, and other riparian areas.

uses

Birds attracted include red-winged blackbird, mallard, common yellowthroat and song sparrow. Beaked sedge is more important for feeding than for nesting as it grows in dense, almost impenetrable, stands.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
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N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
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