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Carex grayi

Also called Mace Sedge, Gray Sedge


More About Carex grayi

  • Forms a slightly arching tight upright clump
  • Semi-evergreen leaf blades are 15 mm wide
  • Flower spikes are followed by unique light green star or mace-shaped seed pods
  • Seed pods are 2.5 cm in diameter and turn a chocolate-brown, persisting into winter
  • Bloom Time: May
  • Grass Type: Cool Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and start again when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.
 

Zone:

3

Height:

60-80 cm

Spread:

50-60 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Morning Star Sedge Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in a moist to wet soil, in partial shade. Can grow in full sun with adequate moisture, but the colour is deeper in a shadier location. Old leaves can be pruned out in early spring.  


Carex grayi Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Evergreen
Evergreen
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Spring
Early Spring

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing
Border/edging

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