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Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
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Carex vulpinoidea

fox sedge

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.

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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

One of the most widespread species of Carex in North America, Carex vulpinoidea grows in wet meadows, prairies, swamps and marshes. The seedheads mature in late summer and resemble fox tails, hence the common name of fox sedge. A great colonizer for wetland restoration projects or for erosion control along banks of ponds, streams, or springs, Carex vulpinodea naturalizes quickly where it is planted. It grows 1’-3’ tall with narrow grass-like leaves in deep green and forms clumps.


Fox sedge grows in moist to wet soils in full to part sun. Commonly found near other plant genera like Juncus, Eupatorium, Iris, Scirpus, Vernonia, and Asclepias incarnataCarex vulpinoidea is a dominant sedge in sedge meadows.


Compared to Carex stricta or Carex emoryi, fox sedge forms clumps and doesn’t run by rhizome. It can be quite weedy and aggressive, like Carex stricta and Carex emoryi, but we find that to be one of its attributes – allowing for a native plant to effectively colonize an area and outcompete non-native weed pressure. Fox sedge is a great plant for creating habitat along a water’s edge, forage for water fowl like Mallard ducks, and providing food for birds and insects.

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
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

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