Morning Star Sedge (Carex grayi) in the Sedges Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Morning Star Sedge
Give a thumbs up Sedge
Give a thumbs up Common Bur Sedge
Give a thumbs up Gray Sedge
Give a thumbs up Gray's Sedge

Botanical names:
Carex grayi Accepted
Carex grayi var. hispidula Synonym
Carex grayi var. rariflora Synonym
Carex asa-grayi Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Other: flowers are green and combined into round heads
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Water gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 2 months cold moist treatment
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission

Photo gallery:
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2015-04-20Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Location: ILDate: 2011-05-13
By molanic
Give a thumbs up
Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2018-07-04wild along river bank
By gardengus
Give a thumbs up
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Credit florum
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Credit florum - female bloom
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Credit florum - male bloom
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-04
By Patty
Give a thumbs up
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19sedge groundcover in parking lot
By ILPARW
Give a thumbs up
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19close-up of plants
By ILPARW
Give a thumbs up

Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 13, 2018 1:50 PM

So far, I have not seen this native sedge sold by conventional nurseries, but by native plant nurseries. Prairie Nursery in Westfield, WI sells this in 3 inch pots by mail. It does well in wet or moist soils along watercourses or bodies of water, but also does well upland. It produces spiked flowers with star-like seedheads which may continue into winter for interest. The seeds are eaten by birds and waterfowl.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
A Shady Spot by Chillybean Aug 24, 2015 6:31 PM 17
Midatlantic Pets by Catmint20906 Aug 10, 2018 9:17 AM 2,085

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Sedges Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Sedges (Carex)

« The Sedges Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Autumn Colour"