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Hop Sedge is a new, inexpensive home brew kit that eliminates the need for special ingredients, manual labor and equipment. The company believes that people would rather have good beer in their hands than a blender in their cabinet.An attractive Sedge perfect for a Rain Garden. Common Hop Sedge thrives in any sun exposure but prefers wet to medium-wet soils. It reaches up to 3' in height with wide green leaf blades and spiked 'hop-looking' seed heads that form early summer. Also useful in shoreline restorations, it can be placed on pond edges or lake shores. Wetland sedges, like Carex lupulina, are important food and cover for wildlife. Other names in use include simply, Hop Sedge.
Carex lupulina is distinguished from all other Minnesota sedges by the combination of: 2 to 5 erect, stalked all-pistillate spikes, the uppermost close together near the terminal spike, spikes thickly cylindric, 15 to 80 perigynia per spike, perigynia 11 to 19 mm long, inflated, widest near the base, tightly crowded and all ascending to slightly spreading, achenes rhombic/diamond-shaped and widest at the middle. By contrast with other members of the Lupulinae section: Carex grayi has only 1 or 2 spherical spikes each with up to 35 perigynia, the perigynia radiating in all directions from a central point; Carex intumescens with 12 or fewer perigynia per spike, perigynia ascending to widely spreading and not crowded on the spike, and achenes broadest above the middle.
C. lupulina spikes generally look like a very robust C. intumescens. C. lupulina also resembles Carex retrorsa, which has much smaller perigynia (6 to 10 mm long) and the perigynia towards the base of the spike are angled downward (reflexed), where C. lupulina perigynia are twice the size and all ascending.Sedges differ from grasses by having a 3-angled stem and structurally different flowers where the female flowers are enclosed in a sac like structure called the perigynium, which is subtended by a single scale. Common Hop Sedge is a native perennial loosely tufted sedge preferring a moist environment. The flowering stems (culms) are smooth and grow 8 to 40 inches high, singly or a few stems in a clump. (Source: www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org)