Scirpus atrovirens Willd.
Straight unbranched triangular stems with broad grass-like yellowish to dark green somewhat floppy leaves. Small clusters of short branched greenish to blackish brown spikelets radiate in all directions. Often found growing in clumps.
6,486,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed, sprigs.
Wet prairie, sloughs, marshes, pond edges, ditches and sedge meadows.
Seeds and rhizomes are a food source for a variety of ducks and birds.
Foliage is eaten by Canada geese and trumpeter swans.
Nesting cover for fish.
Attracts oblong sedge borer moth and subflava sedge borer moth.
Excellent for reconstructed wetlands:
Removes Nitrogen (N2) and phosphorus (P) from water.