Carex hystericina

Common name: Porcupine Sedge

Native plant

An interesting clumping sedge that has more landscape potential than most people expect. The culm bear dangling spikelets of bristly fruit that are very intersting even when viewed from a short distance. Great for ornimental use in rain/wet pollinator gardens. In nature look to find this beauty in moist prairies and other wet(ish) place in NE Illnois and in swales in wet areas in the dunes. 


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Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Green


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Rain garden suited

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