A summer annual in most climates, but possibly a short-lived perennial in warm climates. Plants form dense bunches of short stems and leaves. Distinguished from green kyllinga by the lack of rhizomes and by the bunching habit, rather than the mat-forming habit of green kyllinga. Especially common in very moist to wet soils, such as turf, landscape, and along ditches and banks of ponds.
Control of excessive moisture in turf will help to discourage the growth of most sedges, including the various Kyllinga species. For sedges that reproduce only from seeds control with pre-emergent herbicides can be effective. Post-emergence control in turf will require a selective herbicide which targets the sedges specifically. In non-turf settings a systemic, non-selective herbicide will be effective.