Asiatic Sand Sedge

asatic sand sedge

(Carex kobomugi)
*Not detected in Michigan*

Report this species to:

Susannah Iott, MDARD Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, 517-420-0473.

If possible, please take one or more photos of the invasive species you are reporting. Also make note of the location, date and time of the observation. This will aid in verification of your report. You may be asked to provide your name and contact information if follow-up is needed.

- Or - use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool 

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  • Perennial sedge that grows to about a foot tall
  • Triangular stem with brown scales at base
  • Leaves often taller than club-shaped flowering heads
  • Small ridges along the edge of the leaves, making it feel serrated

asiatic sand sedge
Helen Hamilton, National Park Service

asiatic sand sedge invasion
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

asiatic sand sedge
Helen Hamilton, National Park Service

Habitat: This perennial is adapted for upper parts of coastal beaches and dunes. It is tolerant to salt spray, high winds, and drought.

Native Range: Coastal areas of China, Japan, Korea, and Russia

U.S. Distribution: Occurs along the east coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina

Local Concern: Asiatic sand sedge can out-compete native dune grasses and may cause dunes to be vulnerable to erosion and wind blowouts.

Other Common Names: Japanese sedge


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