Carex shortiana (Short's Sedge) thrives in wet-mesic to mesic soils in raingardens and naturally in prairies and savannas. At about two feet high, this medium-sized sedge has mid-green foliage and spreads by rhizomes and works well as a background texture matrix to be filled with flowers. Its distinctive dark brown seedheads are quite attractive and resemble long clustered pinecones. Many butterflies, moths and skippers use it as larval food and several species of birds consume the seeds.
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