General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also margins of ponds and lakes.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A major component of the southern Everglades marshes and other freshwater wetlands.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Medium emergent herbaceous sedge with narrow round stems.
Emergent 1-3 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large patches.
Moderate to fast.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to Big Pine Key and the lower Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Freshwater and brackish marshes.
Wet, inundated freshwater or brackish soils.
Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Can be grown from seed or divisions.