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Audubon Native Short's Sedge and native birds
Native Short's Sedge closeup of the deep green blades
Northern Cardinal
Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco
Native Regions map for Short's Sedge
Audubon Native Short's Sedge and native birds
Native Short's Sedge closeup of the deep green blades
Northern Cardinal
Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco
Native Regions map for Short's Sedge

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 2' tall
  • Mature Width: 1' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1' apart


  • May Benefit & Attract: Mourning doves, sparrows, towhees, juncos, cardinals, ducks, turkeys, grouse, prairie chickens, and woodcocks
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Short's Sedge

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Carex shortiana

Regular price $64.00
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Why the Audubon® Short's Sedge?

If you have a pond, creek, rain garden, or even just a ditch or low spot on your property, consider adding some Short’s Sedge to your landscape. The birds will love you for it! In the wild, Ducks, Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse, Prairie Chickens, and Woodcocks relish this nifty native’s valuable seeds. In more developed areas, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos, and Cardinals may come to dine. Short’s Sedge also offers ground-dwelling birds a place to hide under its grassy leaves as well as additional food in the form of caterpillars, grasshoppers, and leafhoppers, which feed on its foliage. Give your feathered friends a treat!

Low, grass-like, green, and generally without showy flowers, native Sedges go unnoticed by most people. However, these humble plants provide big benefits to wildlife (particularly in wetland habitats), and we should include them more in our gardens. The seeds nourish many birds and the foliage feeds moths and butterflies, such as the tufted Sedge moth, the Virginia ctenucha moth, the eyed brown butterfly, the Appalachian brown, and several skipper butterflies. Short’s Sedge is one of our many wonderful native Sedges. It’s most often found in wet soil, and will perform best in your garden if consistent moisture can be supplied.

How to use in the landscape?

Short’s Sedge is not named for its stature, but for Charles Wilkins Short, the nineteenth-century physician/botanist who first described it in his home state of Kentucky. This species grows most abundantly in the lower Midwest, though its range stretches from eastern Kansas to Virginia.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    Mature Height: 2' tall

    Mature Width: 1' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 1' apart

How To Plant

Short’s Sedge is easy to grow, provided you have rich, fertile soil that doesn’t dry out. Put it in a spot that receives all-day sun if you can; some shade in the afternoon will also suffice. This cool-season Fringe is in active growth in spring and fall, and it flowers in late spring. It will go dormant in winter, and you can cut it back then if you like. Short’s Sedge forms a clump and doesn’t run like some other Sedges, though it will spread out a bit in time.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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