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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Plant Details

Plant type

Sedge

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

Spring

Urban environment

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

Habitat

Floodplain, Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

N/A

Fall color

Yellow Green

Size

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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