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Bottlebrush Sedge

March 10, 2016

(Carex comosa) and Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina) are perennial herbs that appear grass-like and have triangular solid stems. Sedges colonize on shorelines, wet meadows, and marshes. Most prefer to grow in water less than 1 foot deep. Sedges provide important nesting cover and food for a wide variety of songbirds, upland game birds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Amphibians, including frogs and salamanders utilize Carex for feeding, shade, and protection. Sedges also serve as important buffer species against nutrient loading and shoreline erosion.