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Fragrant flatsedge
Cyperus odoratus

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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: Steven W. Woodmansee

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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