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
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
Pricing & Availability
Carex vulpinoideaAlso known as:
brown fox sedge,
common fox sedge
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.
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
Easy to propagate from seed or by division.
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
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
|Species||Carex vulpinoidea||fox sedge|