Hop Sedge is a daring plant with impressive structures, even as a holdover plant in winter
A type of grass-sedge, this particular varietal, known as Carex lupulina, has beautiful seed pods that look like the hops that give it its common name. It is great for a rain garden or for planting alongside water features.
In the wild, the plant grows in wetlands and marshes throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Woodland ponds are also familiar places for it to be found.
Hop Sedge itself looks very much like ordinary grass-sedge
This makes it useful for retaining growth or as an accent to other plants. The leaf will be a deep green.
Blooms form from June through October, with unusually large and striking perigynia on the flower. Once fertilized, mostly by wind, a seed pod forms that gives this type of sedge both its name and its use as an ornamental.
Looking very much like a hop, the seed head has spiky growths that are interesting and attractive. Both lovely to look at and usable as food by wildlife, the seed can even remain hanging through winter, keeping an element of a potential winter garden.
The plant is hardy in zones 3 through 9, but it requires a wetland to grow correctly. It can handle full sun through the light shade. It likes sandy, loamy, and silty soils, but it needs them to remain moist throughout the growing season. Also, the hop sedge can handle occasional floods and inundations, making it perfect for wetlands restoration and water gardens built to handle urban flooding.
Currently considered an "at-risk" species in Canada, spreading it through your landscaping project could help this threatened species. Adding it to a wetlands restoration project makes even greater sense.
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The Hop Sedge from the Cyperaceae pack. It is a neighborhood grass and moreover an enduring sedge that has a tuft of leaves and culms that bloom. The Sedge will grow best in zones 4 through 9 and will bloom from May to September. It is a snappy maker and will look normal when created around a water garden, lake, lake, or distinctive zones with a lot of water. It is even to some degree surge tolerant, yet not for widened lengths of time of time.
Hop Sedge will do unfathomable in reaches from part shade to full sunlight, and foul to genuinely sandy soils
Frequently it will be arranged in zones of wetlands, for instance, marshes, wet meadows, stream banks, swamps, trench, and rich bottomland regions. Routinely it will be seen creating in the wetland locales with a tree covering overhead. It can, however, be found a building in open sunny wetlands as well. This plant is now and again used as a piece of marsh modifying endeavors. Practically sometimes it will form to be up to two feet by 1 foot in width, yet it can create to be as much as 3 foot in tallness if conditions are excellent. This grass will even persevere through acidic soil conditions. The wind will cross-pollinate its florets. The ordinary name of this grass is justified given the way that the seed heads look like hops. It will have a light to yellowish green pistillate spikelets that will later get the opportunity to be cocoa to yellowish chestnut as it creates.