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Plant Name:

Slough Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex obnupta


A native perennial sedge with distinctive dark green, glossy leaves and seedheads that resemble miniature brown pineapples.


Native to western North America and often found in wet environments such as marshes, wetlands, and along stream banks.


Slough Sedge provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the marsh wren and sora who use the plant for cover and nesting, and small mammals such as muskrats who may eat the plant's roots and use the plant for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers moist soil and partial shade to full sun.


Often used for erosion control and as a groundcover in wetland restoration projects.

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Fun Facts:

Slough Sedge is also known as "marsh straw sedge" or "slough grass".

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