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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Crested Oval Sedge - Pages 52-53

 Illinois Native Plant Guide

Crested Oval Sedge
Carex cristatella

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Prefers moist soil. Species tolerates up to 6 inches of standing water.

Wildlife Value

Achenes are eaten by waterfowl.


Good pioneer species for upper shoreline zones and vegetated swales.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Spreads quickly using fresh seed.

Crested Oval Sedge
Carex cristatella

Mature Height
Up to 3 feetCrested Oval Sedge

Plant Type
Perennial sedge

Indicator Status
Facultative Wet (+)

Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance

Salt Tolerance
Not available

Siltation Tolerance

Flowering Color and Time
May to July

Light Preference
Partial to full sun

Seeding Rate
.125 lbs/acre

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