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Hop Sedge
Carex lupulina

Common Hop Sedge performs well in shoreline restorations. It is commonly found in open and forested wetlands and can tolerate sun or shade.

USDA symbol: CALU4

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height4 to 5 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Hop Sedge (Hop Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex lupulina</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsApril to May
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands