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Carex barrattii
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Carex stricta (upright sedge)

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Carex stricta, also known as upright sedge or tussock sedge, is an attractive species that performs best in full sun. In the evaluation, C. stricta formed a medium-sized deciduous clump. In early spring, silvery fingers of new growth emerge from the crown and eventually give way to a beautiful display of flowers that closely resemble those of C. haydenii in timing and appearance. The graceful deep-green foliage of this species remains attractive all summer and is seemingly unaffected by short periods of drought. While quite at home in the average soils of the trials, C. stricta can be found in wet habitats throughout the eastern United States, sometimes growing as tiny hummocks in standing water. In Delaware wetlands, C. stricta plays a critical ecological role as its crowns are utilized for nesting habitat by the endangered bog turtle.

See page 19 of Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region for more details.


  • Rating
    4.2/4.5 (Shade/Sun) Top Performer 
  • Common Name
    upright sedge  
  • Size
    25” x 38” 
  • Growth habit
  • Texture
  • Winter foliage
  • Mowing rating
    1.9/2.2 (Shade/Sun)