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Fox Sedge
Carex vulpinoidea

Densely-clumped, cool-season perennial sedge that may reach 3' in height. Fox sedge is used in upper shoreline zones, streambank stabilization and vegetated swales. It is an excellent colonizer for wetland mitigation sites since it is a pioneer species that tends to revegetate wet, open sites soon after disturbance. It will do well in landscapes and rain gardens due to its clump form, tolerance to water fluctuation and slow rate of spread.

USDA symbol: CAVU2

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height3 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Fox Sedge (Fox Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex vulpinoidea</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsApril to May
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism3
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands