Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Crested Oval Sedge

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carex cristatella

    COMMON NAME: Crested Oval Sedge, Crested Sedge

    BLOOM TIME: June, July, Aug


    • 1 ½-2 ½ ft. tall sedge.
    • Leaf blades up to 14 in. long and 1/3 in. across.
    • Has small spikelets, prickly in appearance, about 1/3” in. across. 
    • Light green in color turning to brown in fall.
    • Habitat: prefers full sun & tolerates most soils, swamps & wet prairies.


    • Caterpillars of various butterflies, skippers, & moths feed on wetland sedges. 
    • Other insects feed on sedges as food source include sedge grasshoppers, semi-aquatic leaf beetles, billbugs, larvae of miscellaneous flies, seed bugs, plant bugs, aphids, & leafhoppers.
    • Seeds and seed heads of wetland sedges are an important source of food for wetland birds, including ducks, rails, and grain eating songbirds.
    • Most mammalian herbivores feed on the foliage sparingly.
    • Meadow voles feed on both the foliage and rootstocks.