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Sedges and Rushes are a unique group of plants that add beauty and diversity to prairie plantings. Their unique seed heads are especially attractive to birds who look to them for food. 

Sedges and Rushes are primarily used in mesic to wet soils and do well in partial shade. In addition to being sold individually, look for these seeds in our Low Sedge Meadow Native Seed Mix, Moist Meadow Mix, Ohio Flood Plain Native Seed Mix and the popular Rain Garden Mix.


Carex comosa - Bristly Sedge
An excellent wetland sedge that exhibits bristly seed heads. Adds structure and interest, great for habitat diversity.
Carex crinita - Fringed Sedge
Loose tufts describe this interesting member of the sedge family. When seen it resembles the appearance of a fountain. Works well in sunny to shady locations. Green to blue throughout the season.
Carex lupulina - Common Hop Sedge
One of the more showier sedges, it is more easily distinguished.
Carex lurida - Shallow/Lurid Sedge
Forms dense clumps. Typically found at or near river banks. Adds diversity to sedge meadow environments.
Carex vulpinoidea - Brown Fox Sedge
A common plant found in seasonally moist places. Good for cover and habitat. Beige seed heads add seasonal interest.
Juncus effusus - Common Rush
A true indicator species, Common Rush is frequently found in wetter areas. It is a valuable food source for many wetland critters. Adds nice verticle structure as a design element, too.
Scirpus acutus - Hard-stemmed Bulrush
This sedge plays an important role in erosion control in wetland areas.
Scirpus atrovirens - Dark Green Bulrush
One of our favorite rushes, this little guy is airy and usually a very deep green color. Seeds are ripe in late fall and readily re-sow themselves under the right conditions.
Scirpus fluviatilis - River Bulrush
Find River Bulrush in deep and shallow marshes, river banks and lake shores.
Scirpus validus - Great/Soft-stemmed Bulrush
This bulrush acts as a buffer against wind and allows other wetland species to germinate in an area where they normally may not.

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