Why plant Audubon® Native Yellow Fruited Sedge?
Wetland areas can easily be taken over by invasive, exotic plants that crowd out valuable natives and deprive wildlife of better habitat. That's why it’s important, therefore, to establish beneficial natives in these areas to keep nasty exotics at bay. Enter Yellow Fruited Sedge! This dependable native Fringe is an excellent addition to pondside plantings, ecological restoration efforts, bioswales, rain gardens, wet meadows, and even just soggy backyards. Yellow Fruited Sedge’s small seeds are a favorite of waterfowl like Wood Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Sandpipers, Snipes, and Woodcocks. Songbirds like Sparrows and Juncos may also feed on the mustard-colored seeds.
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. Yellow Fruited Sedge is native to much of eastern North America. It grows from eastern Canada to Oklahoma and all states eastward except Florida. It’s most often found in wet soil, and will perform best in your garden if consistent moisture can be supplied.
How to use Audubon® Native Yellow Fruited Sedge in the landscape?
Yellow Fruited Sedge provides birds with not only seeds to eat, but insect protein as well. Songbirds may feed on the caterpillars they find there, as well as a variety of beetles, bugs, flies, aphids, and leafhoppers.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
How To Plant Audubon® Native Yellow Fruited Sedge
Yellow Fruited 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. Yellow Fruited Sedge forms a clump and doesn’t run like some other Sedges, though it will spread out a bit in time.
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
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 year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.