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Bebb's Sedge (Carex bebbii) 8065

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Bebb's Sedge is very effective in neutral and alkaline soils around pond edges or in moist, sandy soil dominated flats. This native sedge grows from 20-90 cm (8-36") high, has fine narrow leaves with flowering occurring in June followed by slender seed heads forming though August. Provides food and year round cover for smaller wildlife. Commonly occurs in wet meadows and fields, nutrient rich swamps and marshes. Hardy to Zone 3. 5000 seed/gram

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This native sedge will do best when planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings allow seed which may be dormant to be naturally stratified over the winter. An early spring sowing in April will work but not as effectively. If ideal growing conditions are unavailable, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring of the following year.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when required by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
Early Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Winter Hardy
Prior Experience Beneficial
Native of Canada
Cyperaceae
Carex bebbii
Soil stabilization on wet sandy soils, swales, ditches, stream banks.
Wildlife habitat food and cover.
Essential sedge in many wetland and riparian seed mixes.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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