|The cultivar, 'Aurea', syn. C. stricta 'Aurea' is a deciduous perennial with brown male flower spikes.
C. elata is a deciduous perennial with short rhizomes. The stems of sedges are solidly filled with pith, and do not have nodes. They are triangular in cross section. The leaves are arranged in three rows, with sheaths usually fused around the stem. Leaf blades of sedges are usually grass-like;with evergreen or semi-evergreen foliage. Can be shallowly submerged.