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Common Name: Nebraska Sedge

Scientific Name: Carex nebraskensis

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wetland rehabilitation

~Wildlife habitat restoration

~Wetland pasture

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Wet, alkaline soils

Tolerances: Acid and saline

Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 16 + inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5-8 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 500,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grass



Nebraska Sedge, characterized by its strong rhizomatous nature, is a water-dependent sedge species that spans a wide range of elevations from low valleys to alpine areas across wet meadows, marshes, streams, ditches, seeps, ponds, and lakes in the western United States. Frequently forming dense stands, this sedge takes on a prominent role as the dominant species within wetland communities. Its remarkable adaptability to all soil textures, along with good alkali tolerance and moderate tolerance to acidity and salinity, positions Nebraska Sedge as a resilient plant that excels in varied environmental conditions. It can endure extended periods of standing water, and it also exhibits a surprising level of drought tolerance compared to many other sedge species.


Beyond its ecological adaptability, Nebraska Sedge serves as an excellent source of palatable forage for both wildlife and livestock, contributing significantly to wildlife habitat restoration in riparian and wetland areas. With its appeal to livestock and its capacity to offer both forage and cover for waterfowl, this sedge species emerges as a valuable asset in the conservation and restoration of riparian ecosystems.



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Photo Credit: Andrey Zharkikh and Matt Lavin

Nebraska Sedge


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