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Latin Name-Scirpus Cyperinus Hardy Zone- 4-8 Mature Height-6ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun

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Wool Grass - Scirpus cyperinus

At maturity, this perennial sedge develops a cluster of deep red, brown and blackish woolly hairs at the stem during autumn. Also known as “bulrushes,” this plant is native to Eastern North America between zones 4 to 8 favoring acidic soils. This adaptable plant thrives in both standing water, wet and semi-wet conditions. It prefers full or partial sun conditions. Wool Grass thrives in sandy and non-sandy wetlands, marshes, swamps, sloughs (seasonal streams), sedge meadows, gravelly seeps, and borders of ponds. Wool Grass is a fast growing perennial reaching a height of 3-5 feet tall with a root system that is fibrous and has short-rhizomatous allowing the plant to form quick spreading vegetative colonies. Wool Grass is good for erosion control and provides a protective barrier to other grasses in wetland areas. Wool Grass is considered an obligate species for wetlands and can be used for ecosystem restoration, wetland restoration, mitigation banking, and compensatory mitigation projects. This plant is an essential part of the ecosystem providing both favorable nesting materials for wetland birds and nutritional value to native waterfowl and rodents such as muskrats and voles. Wool Grass has many insect relationships but is highly recognized as a host plant for a variety of native caterpillar species within the Eastern North America region. This plant is not known to cause harm or irritation to people or animals that handle or encounter it. It has many appealing properties including a rich, hardy, medium green blade and a lush clump of overhanging woolly pods that drape the landscape with earthy tones of color that are attractive in moist gardens. This plant is usually shipped in seed packs and seeds should be sowed and propagated during the cooler months, when soil temperature is cool, and directly onto the soil surface. It is recommended that young plants then be transferred into more wet conditions. Wool grass, sometimes spelled as one word, woolgrass, gets its common name from its apparent “woolly” appearance as it grows in clumps in wet areas. It’s also like wool in that Native Americans used this plant to make a comfy stuffing for pillows. While the Potawatomi used it for filling, the Ojibwa people used it to make bags and mats. The term wool grass is something of a misnomer because this plant is not a grass but a sedge. It’s an aquatic emergent perennial found growing in colonies in wet areas, such as swamps, moist meadows, marshes, sloughs, ditches and on the edges of various bodies of water. It prefers peaty or sandy soils. It is found native throughout the eastern United States and Canada, mostly southern Canada. This plant can be extremely variable in appearance which sometimes makes it difficult to identify accurately. Wool grass produces dense clumps hanging from upright stems. An average of five to 10 leaves is provided on each stem. The leaves have green and reddish sheaths. The flowers have six long bristles giving the inflorescence, or flower head, its exclusive woolly look. Landscapers often find the excellent use of wool grass because it provides lovely fall color consisting of light browns, reddish browns, and even a red-gold appearance. It also has considerable practical value for restoration projects, erosion control, and storm-water management. The wool grass is often used to complete the designs of water gardens and rain gardens. Wool grass favors sunny areas but will tolerate partial shade. It can also withstand short periods of standing water without drowning out. It reseeds itself aggressively -- thus it is recommended that it not be used with other plants that are readily out-competed. Finally, wool grass tends to be pest free and resistant to deer. Wool grass gets its name in light of the way it has a striking similarity, to fleece given the idea that it has long, thin stems with battered, cushy sprouts that are all that much unclear to coat.