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Cattail Sedge
Carex typhina

A state species of Special Concern, Carex typhina is a cool-season species native to floodplain forests. It prefers partial to full shade and can tolerate occasional flooding.

USDA symbol: CATY

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height2 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Cattail Sedge (Cattail Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex typhina</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone

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 Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyChisago, Houston, Wabasha, Washington, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland