Carex vulpinoidea

Common name: Brown Fox Sedge

Native plant

Simply put, this sedge is one of the most attractive native grass-likes you can plant in the yard. Usually found in low areas in both sun and light shade, it does very well in both. It does need to be in mesic to moist soils, though. The slightly spiky and very fountain like habit set it apart in appearance from many of the other commonly seen Carex in Illinois. The flower heads are erect and white tinged.  They are visited by a very interesting collection of little bugs. Plus, they look very nice. I have planted masses of these in planting beds with great success. They tend to grow together quickly, so planting larger flowering plants with them will be more appealing.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellow Green

Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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