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Carex hystericina - Porcupine sedge

Native Wetland Plants

Carex hystericina

Porcupine sedge

More About Porcupine sedge

  • Cool season clumping wetland grass
  • Spreads moderately by rhizomes
  • Deer resistant and drought tolerant

Carex hystericina, Porcupine sedge, is named for its spiky seed head which resembles a porcupine.  Porcupine sedge spreads moderately from short rhizomes in full sun to partial shade. Its foliage is light green in color and blooms in early spring. Grows to 1-2’ tall.

Bloom Color

Yellow

Carex hystericina Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
1' - 2'
Spread Characteristics
Clumping
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Pond Zonation
Flood Plain - Upland
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Sedge
Attributes
Bio Remediation
Container
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Rain Garden
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
5
6
7
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