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Carex vulpinoidea

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, emergent, fall interest, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
  • Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
  • Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
  • Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

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Description

Carex vulpinoidea

Also known as:

fox sedge

,

brown fox sedge

,

common fox sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex vulpinoidea is a grass-like perennial that will grow to a height of 3' or more. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive inflorescence, or seedhead, said to resemble a fox tail.

Cultivation

Fox sedge is a wetland grass found in or around water features. It is well adapted to seasonal, or regular inundation in up to 6" of water. It can also be found in moist, open woods. It is native to all contiguous states except for Nevada and Utah. It is ideal for wetland restoration and stabilization. It spreads aggressively and can become invasive. Care should be taken not to introduce it in an area where in might displace other native species. When used around small water features, it can be planted in containers so as to control its spread. Blooms in May to July. Extremely hardy: zones 3-8

Propagation

Easy to propagate from seed or by division.

Additional Notes

Carex vulpinoidea provides a valuable source for food and shelter to a range of birds and small mammals.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae Sedge family
Genus Carex sedge
Species Carex vulpinoidea fox sedge