White Bracted Sedge

Rhynchospora latifolia

Regular price $14

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

White Bracted Sedge or Star Grass is our most striking native sedge and stands out with its white petal-like bracts that glisten in the summer sun.

  • Very unique
  • Long flowering period
  • Thrives in wet soil


  • 20 to 30 inches tall and around 3 feet wide in 3 years
  • Perennial sedge that spreads by underground rhizomes to form a dense mat
  • Plants die back to their roots in the fall and leaf out again in the spring
  • Often confused with Rhynchospora colorata which is a shorter and less showy plant
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering starts in late May and can continue into fall if the dead flowers are removed.

How to Grow

It requires permanently wet soil and full sun to flourish.

Care and maintenance

The three secrets to successfully growing White Bracted Sedge are:

  1. Cut off or pull out old flowering stems to encourage new flowers
  2. Grow in a container and keep it in a saucer with 1 to 2 in. of water in the bottom
  3. Repot or divide plants every second year and fertilize to encourage new growth and development of flowers

Where to plant

Best planted in its own container sitting in a saucer of water for a constant supply of moisture.

When to plant

Anytime through the growing season.

When will my plant flower?

Plants purchased and planted before July will bloom their first summer.

Native habitat and range

Wet pine savannas from southeastern North Carolina to Florida and southeast Texas.

Source and origin

Plants are grown by division off a plant that originated from Pender County, North Carolina.

States Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $14 $16 $18
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $16 $18 $20
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $18 $20 $22
CO, NE, ND, and SD $20 $22 $24


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

The week your plants will be shipped is displayed in the shopping cart before you complete your order.

Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?

Sorry, plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Almost all orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.