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Blunt Broom Sedge
Carex tribuloides

Carex tribuloides prefers moist conditions that can be found in floodplain forests and wet meadows. Like other sedges, it is an important larvae host for many butterfly and moth species.

USDA symbol: CATR7

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Blunt Broom Sedge (Blunt Broom Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex tribuloides</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Chisago, Cook, Douglas, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Polk, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, St. Louis, Wabasha, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands