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Meadow Sedge

Carex granularis

Seeds eaten by birds; foliage eaten by livestock and the caterpillars of various butterflies



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Carex granularis, commonly known as Meadow Sedge, Limestone Meadow Sedge, or Pale Sedge, is a native perennial sedge. Meadow Sedge can be distinguished from other Sedges by the grainy appearance of its pistillate spikelets. Other sedges with a similar appearance tend to have pistillate scales that are longer and more conspicuous.

Wildlife notes

The caterpillars of various butterflies, skippers, and moths feed on Carex spp. (primarily the foliage). Other insects feeding on Carex spp. include Striped Sedge Grasshopper, Otte’s Sedge Grasshopper, and various leafhoppers. The seeds of Carex spp. are a significant source of food for upland gamebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds. The foliage of Carex spp. is not preferred as a source of food by deer and rabbits.

Forage notes

Livestock will eat the foliage.

Landscaping notes

Grows best in full to partial sun, wet to mesic conditions, and a loam or clay-loam soil. This species also tolerates rocky or gravelly soil that is somewhat alkaline.

Restoration notes

Habitats include openings in woodlands, swamps, riverbottom prairies, moist dolomite prairies, weedy meadows, fens and seeps, moist depressions in limestone cliffs, and abandoned fields. This species occurs in both disturbed areas and higher quality habitats.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.