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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 Feet

Spread

6-24 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Erosion Control
Meadow/Prairie
Woodland
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Grass Type
Cool Season