Feb. 24, 2021

woolly sedge, Carex pellita

This is one of the larger sedges, getting almost three feet tall. That may explain why it is also one of the most eaten. Many insects, larvae and adults, consume the leaves. Several caterpillars can be found on it. Some bugs will lay eggs on it so the kids will have food handy. The seeds are popular with birds, and larger herbivorous birds like geese will eat the plants. Mammals eat it, but it may not be first choice for most. Muskrats do like it, particularly in its younger more munchable stage. Wooly sedge grows in almost any damp area and adjacent dryer ground in all states and provinces except AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, NS, NT, NU, and PE. It's also grows in France (SPM). Wayne co MI, 5/17/14. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.