Cyperus esculentus - Nutsedge

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Native Wetland Plants

Cyperus esculentus

Nutsedge

More About Nutsedge

  • Rapid rhizomatous spreader

Cyperus esculentus, Nutsedge, is often mistaken as a grass.  Nutsedge has light green to yellow shiny leaves which arise in groups of 3 from the base of the plant and taper gradually to a pointed tip.  The 3 sided stem of Cyperus esculentus looks like a triangle when viewed as a cross section. Usually just over 2' tall from the rhizome, the flowers form yellow to brown spikelets in clusters on the end of solitary stems. The seeds of Nutsedge are eaten by ducks and certain marsh birds while the tubers are edible for humans either steamed or raw.

Bloom Color

Yellow

Cyperus esculentus Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Prolific Seeder
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Cover
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
FACW
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Sedge
Attributes
Bio Remediation
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Native
Naturalizing
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
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