Audubon® Short's Sedge
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If you have a pond, creek, rain garden, or even just a ditch or low spot on your property, consider adding some Short’s Sedge to your landscape. The birds will love you for it! In the wild, Ducks, Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse, Prairie Chickens, and Woodcocks relish this nifty native’s valuable seeds. In more developed areas, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos, and Cardinals may come to dine. Short’s Sedge also offers ground-dwelling birds a place to hide under its grassy leaves as well as additional food in the form of caterpillars, grasshoppers, and leafhoppers, which feed on its foliage. Give your feathered friends a treat!
May Benefit & Attract: Mourning doves, sparrows, towhees, juncos, cardinals, ducks, turkeys, grouse, prairie chickens, and woodcocks.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Low, grass-like, green, and generally without showy flowers, native Sedges go unnoticed by most people. However, these humble plants provide big benefits to wildlife (particularly in wetland habitats), and we should include them more in our gardens. The seeds nourish many birds and the foliage feeds moths and butterflies, such as the tufted Sedge moth, the Virginia ctenucha moth, the eyed brown butterfly, the Appalachian brown, and several skipper butterflies. Short’s Sedge is one of our many wonderful native Sedges. It’s most often found in wet soil, and will perform best in your garden if consistent moisture can be supplied.
Short’s Sedge is not named for its stature, but for Charles Wilkins Short, the nineteenth-century physician/botanist who first described it in his home state of Kentucky. This species grows most abundantly in the lower Midwest, though its range stretches from eastern Kansas to Virginia.
How to Grow
Short’s Sedge is easy to grow, provided you have rich, fertile soil that doesn’t dry out. Put it in a spot that receives all-day sun if you can; some shade in the afternoon will also suffice. This cool-season Fringe is in active growth in spring and fall, and it flowers in late spring. It will go dormant in winter, and you can cut it back then if you like. Short’s Sedge forms a clump and doesn’t run like some other Sedges, though it will spread out a bit in time.
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