Brome-Like Sedge, Carex bromoides

Brome-Like Sedge

Carex bromoides

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Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet
Color: Green
Fragrance: No
Height: 1-2 feet
Spacing: 1 foot

Brome-Like Sedge, Carex bromoides, is a tussock-forming perennial sedge that grows in moist habitats, including soggy woodlands, wetland margins, and vernal ponds. Its bright green, narrow, linear leaves reach 9 inches long and only 1/10-inch wide. This sedge does not spread by runners, and instead forms single clumps which expand slowly in size. Mature clumps take on a gently arching habit, and can grow to 12 inches in height with a 20-inch spread. Flowering stems appear in late spring to summer and are topped with a inflorescence made up of 3-8 spikelets which contain both male and female flowers. The inflorecences mature from light green to tan over the course of the growing season.

Habitats include soggy deciduous woodlands, muddy margins and shallow water of vernal pools in wooded areas, hardwood swamps, typical seeps and gravelly seeps in wooded areas, bogs, edges of marshes, and sedge meadows. Sometimes these habitats are sandy. This sedge is found in higher quality natural areas.

Easily grown in evenly moist to wet soil conditions with some organic matter. Will tolerate periods of shallow, standing water. This woodland species prefers part sun, but can be grown with more sun exposure if soils stay moist. Although it prefers moist conditions, there is some question as to whether this plant will tolerate clay soils.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Can be used as a non-aggressive ground cover.
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