Scirpus cyperinus
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 3-5 feet; 0.9-1.5 metres Spread: 2-4 feet; 0.6-1.2 metres Sun: Full to partial sun Water: Wet to moist Wildlife: Various small insects such as semi-aquatic leaf beetles, moth larvae, and aphids feed on Wool Grass. Waterfowl readily feed on the foliage and the seedheads of this plant. It also provides good cover and nesting areas for wetland wildlife. Muskrats and Meadow Vole feed on this plant as well. Bloom Colour: Green to brown Tolerates: Shallow water Culture: Prefers wet to moist soil consisting of mud, sand, or gravel. Noteworthy Characteristics: Wool grass has both sterile and fertile shoots. The fertile shoots are unbranched, longitudinally veined culms with alternate leaves and are much taller than the infertile culms. They produce clusters of spikelets which consist of densely arranged florets. The infertile shoots are in lower tufts at the base of the plant. The foliage turns a light brown colour in the fall. Garden Uses: Water edges, rain gardens