Rhynchospora colorata

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Fineleaf Whitetop Sedge, Starrush Whitetop


Also known as Dichromena colorata

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall by spreads many ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Fall-winter dormant. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Can use as a groundcover in moist sites. Good in an informal savanna setting, rain garden or bioswale.
Propagation:Division, seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts bees and butterflies.  This is a sedge, and most sedges are wind pollinated, so having a showy "flower" and attracting insects is not common.

Native Habitats:Wet flatwoods, wet prairie.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a sedge. Most Rhynchospora species are wind pollinated. The white bracts of this species attract insects.