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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Wooly Sedge - Pages 56-57

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Wooly Sedge
Carex lanuginosa (C. pellita)

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance
Prefers moist soil. Species tolerates shallow (0 to 6 inches) inundation early in the season.

Wildlife Value

Achenes are eaten by waterfowl, sora and yellow rails, swamp and tree sparrows, snipe, and other songbirds.

Application/Zone

Used in upper shoreline zones and in vegetated swales.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Fresh seed, rhizomes or divisions of plug clumps may all be used for propagation.
  • This species has limited market availability.
  • Fall seed with fresh seed or cold, moist stratify.

Wooly Sedge
Carex lanuginosa (C. pellita)

Mature Height
1-3 feetWooly Sedge

Plant Type
Perennial sedge

Indicator Status
Obligate

pH
Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance
Moderate to high

Salt Tolerance
Low

Siltation Tolerance
Moderate

Flowering Color and Time
Green
April to July

Light Preference
Full sun

Seeding Rate
Not available

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