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Southern umbrellasedge
Fuirena scirpoidea
Cyperaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium herbaceous sedge.
Dimensions:
About 1-2 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming open patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Cuba.
Habitats:
Marshes.
Soils:
Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained sandy or calcareous soils, without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish 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.
Flower Color:
Brownish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from division.


 


Shirley Denton