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Fragrant flatsedge
Cyperus odoratus
Cyperaceae


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.
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.


 


Steven W. Woodmansee
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton