Short's Sedge (Carex shortiana)

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Carex shortiana
A well-behaved, clump-forming sedge with showy seed structures. Many sedges act as host plants for several species of butterfly larvae. A number of birds consume the seeds.  Short's sedge is a medium sized sedge that would work well in rain gardens.

Uses:  Butterflies, birds, wildlife, rain gardens
Bloom time:  May and June

Height:  20 to 30 inches
Space:  18 to 24 inches

Sun:  Full sun to medium shade
Moisture:  Average to wet

Seeds:  Collect seeds in early June.  Sedge seeds often have a high percentage of dormant seeds, so they should be sown between late November and March.
  • 200 seeds per packet
  • 18,000 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 500 square feet
  • 5 pounds per acre

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