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North Fork Native Plants has experience growing many different wetland and riparian plant species for both custom projects and our speculative inventory. If you have custom needs not met by any of the plants below, please call us to inquire on our ability to grow your exact specifications. Below you will find the various combinations of sedges /rush and bulrush monocultures that make up the vast majority of our mat production. However, not all combinations are available speculatively on a year to year basis. Please see our Wetland Sod availability or call us for more information.

 

Field-testing consistently points to sedge and sedge/rush effectiveness for erosion control and fluctuating water level tolerance. These plants generally range from 6-18” in height with various green-colored stems and textures. All of these mixes are great cover and forage for many waterfowl species.
Mix Attributes Water Depth
     
Beaked Sedge
Water sedge
Baltic rush


Carex utriculata, Carex aquatilis, Juncus arcticus
  • Great erosion control
  • Tolerates long periods of inundation and high pH soils
  • Provides persistent residual waterfowl nesting cover
  • Foliage: blue/green, green, and dark green
  • More texture then sedge-only mixes
  • Avg. stem height 18"
Slightly inundated to 9” deep
     
Nebraska sedge
Beaked sedge
Baltic rush


Carex nebrascensis, Carex utriculata,
Juncus arcticus
  • Best all-around erosion control mix
  • Tolerates fluctuating hydrology at the water's edge
  • Performs well on a range of soil types
  • Provides persistent residual waterfowl nesting cover
  • Foliage: Mix of light to dark green stem shapes
  • Avg. stem height 24”
Moist soil to 6” deep
     
Nebraska sedge
Wooly sedge
Baltic rush


Carex nebrascensis, Carex lanuginosa,
Juncus arcticus
  • Great erosion control
  • Tolerates fluctuating hydrology at the water's edge
  • Performs well on a range of soil types
  • Provides persistent residual cover for early nesting waterfowl
  • Foliage: Mix of light to dark green stem shapes
  • Avg. stem height 18"
Moist soil to 9" deep
     
Water sedge

Carex aquatilis

 

  • Great erosion control
  • Tolerates long periods of inundation
  • Grows best on organic soils along water's edge
  • Less invasive than Nebraska sedge but grazing intolerant
  • Foliage: blue/green and green
  • Avg. stem height 18"
Moist soil to 9” deep
     
Creeping Spikerush

Eleocharis palustris
  • Tolerates long periods of inundation
  • Tolerates partial shade and alkaline soils
  • Plants, rhizomes, and seeds are consumed by wildlife
  • Foliage: dark green cylindrical stems
  • Avg. stem height 6-12” tall
2” to 9” deep
     

 

Bulrush mats are grown in monocultures and provide an excellent barrier for dissipating wave energy and structure for a host of wetland-dependent wildlife. Mature plants have beautiful blue and green stems that will grow to heights of 18-48”. All of these mixes are great cover and forage for many waterfowl species.
Mix Attributes Water Depth
     
Hardstem bulrush

Schoenoplectus (Scirpus) acutus
  • Good off–shore barrier to wave activity
  • Tolerates long periods of inundation
  • Performs well across a range of soil pH and textures
  • Provides wetland dependent songbird nesting habitat
  • Foliage: densely growing, dark green cylindrical stems
  • Stem height: up to 48” tall
6” to 24+” deep
Will handle temporary drawdown once established.
     
Three-square bulrush

Schoenoplectus (Scirpus) americanus
  • Tolerates long periods of inundation and
  • Tolerates alkaline soil conditions
  • Waterfowl consumes seeds
  • Foliage: attractive dark green triangular stems
  • Avg. stem height 18-36”
  2” to 16” deep
     
Panicled bulrush

Scirpus microcarpus
  • Good erosion protection
  • Waterfowl consumes seeds
  • Very attractive inflorescence provides aesthetic appeal
  • Foliage: densely growing, flat green blades
  • Avg. stem height 24”
Moist soil to 12” deep
     
Fowl Mannagrass

Glyceria striata
  • Performs best on seasonally saturated wetland soils
  • Very palatable to livestock and utilized by nesting waterfowl
  • Tall attractive grass with large inflorescence
  • Foliage: green
  • Stem height: up to 60” tall
2” to 6” deep
     
Northern arrowhead

Sagittaria cuneata
  • Grows best on mud substrates
  • Toleres permanent saturation
  • Food source for waterfowl and wildlife
  • Very attractive non-persistent arrow-shaped leaves
6” to 24” deep

 

 

 

 

 

 

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