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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils
  • Requires consistent moisture, particularly in wetland habitats
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-9


Bristly Sedge (Carex comosa) is an elegant perennial sedge known for its distinctive bristly seed heads and graceful arching foliage. Its ornamental appeal and adaptability make it a valuable addition to wetland gardens, rain gardens, and stream banks. This native plant not only enhances the aesthetic beauty of the landscape but also provides habitat and sustenance for wildlife.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Bristly Sedge can reach a height of 2 to 3 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its slender, arching stems are adorned with narrow, grass-like leaves and topped with clusters of bristly seed heads, creating a charming display in wetland habitats.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Bristly Sedge offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage and seed heads of Bristly Sedge provide cover, nesting sites, and food sources for birds, insects, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in wetland habitats.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous root system of Bristly Sedge helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion along water edges, stream banks, and marshy areas, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone sites.
  • Water Filtration: Bristly Sedge plays a vital role in water filtration, helping to improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients and pollutants from wetland habitats and runoff.
  • Visual Appeal: With its graceful form and unique seed heads, Bristly Sedge adds texture and interest to wetland gardens, rain gardens, and stream banks, creating a naturalistic and captivating landscape.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Bristly Sedge is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and attractive plant for wetland habitats.