Morning Star Sedge (Carex grayi) in the Sedges Database

Common names:
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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

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Date: 2015-04-20Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: ILDate: 2011-05-13
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2018-07-04wild along river bank
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Credit florum
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Credit florum - female bloom
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Credit florum - male bloom
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-04
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19sedge groundcover in parking lot
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19close-up of plants
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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.

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