Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea) in the Sedges Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: brown seedheads about 5 inches long
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: Green
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Location: Philadelphia Flower Show in PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-03-06group placed in exhibit
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 10, 2019 11:41 AM

Fox Sedge is a beautiful perennial that has a large native range over the contiguous United States and southern Canada, except for Utah and covering only some areas in the western US states, growing naturally in moist or draining wet sites. It is sold by a good number of native plant nurseries, as Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin, New Moon Nursery in New Jersey, and North Creek Nursery in southeast Pennsylvania. It is a cool season plant beginning growth in usually like April, but depending on far north or south it is growing so it can start in March or May also. Its soft, grassy leaves get about 3 feet long and 1/8th of an inch wide. It bears stiff greenish or yellowish flower heads in late spring about 5 inches long that become brown seed heads in summer and look like fox tails. its root system is mostly fibrous but it does produce short rhizomes so that a clump can become a small colony. It is a host plant for Skipper Butterflies to feed a little on the foliage. It makes a good choice for a rain garden, erosion control, and bordering water courses or ponds.

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