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Carex vulpinoidea (Fox sedge)
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Carex vulpinoidea

Fox sedge

Cool season grass
Provides erosion control
Wetland Indicator Status, Region 1: OBL

One of the most widespread species of Carex in North America, growing in wet meadows, prairies, swamps and marshes.  The seedheads mature in late summer and resemble fox tails, hence the common name.

SIZE
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Height

1-3 ft

Spread

6-24 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Fox sedge Interesting Notes

Native Distribution

Fox sedge is a clumping grass that will naturalize where planted. It is planted in locations that remain moist, near streams, springs, ponds, and moist woods. It is an excellent colonizer of wetland mitigation sites.

Fox sedge is found near water on moist open ground in swamps, prairie swales, lowland forests, wet ditches, ravines, and along the edges of marshes, springs, lakes, and ponds. It is found with other plant species such as soft rush, wool grass, bulrush, other sedges, brome grass, Virginia wild rye, ox eye daisy, boneset, pye weed, ironweed, golden alexanders, sneezewood, and monkey flower. -- USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center

Carex vulpinoidea Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in moist to wet soils in full to part sun.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Songbirds
Songbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Wetlands
Wetlands
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Grass Type: Cool Season
Erosion Control
Native to North America
Moist Sun