Sun: Full

Moisture: Medium-wet to wet

Height: 3'

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: (Moerman, 1998).


This lush wetland sedge produces attractive light-green seedheads resembling a squat, spiky bottlebrush. Host plant for several butterflies. Tolerates temporary flooding. Good choice for a rain garden. Sedges (and grasses) were the onetime preferred food for Michigan mammoths.

Sedge: Carex hystericina (Porcupine Sedge)