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Fragrant flatsedge
Cyperus odoratus

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2018
In habitat at Lake Ida Parcel, Delray Beach, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: One of the most common sedges in South Florida, found in almost all wetland ecosystems and often recruiting into restoration sites.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium herbaceous sedge; annual.

Dimensions: Typically 1-3 feet in height. About as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Widespread in North America south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Freshwater and brackish marshes and swamps.

Soils: Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade or moderate shade.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: Somewhat weedy and perhaps best approached with caution.

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2018
In habitat at Lake Ida Parcel, Delray Beach, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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