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Sedge, Fox

Carex vulpinoidea

Forms attractive tuft of narrow leaves; leaves eaten by herbivores & insects; seeds eaten by wetland birds


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Carex vulpinoidea, commonly known as Fox Sedge or Brown Fox Sedge, is a native perennial cool season sedge.  This sedge sometimes forms colonies of plants.

Wildlife notes

Like other wetland sedges, Fox Sedge is a food plant of sedge grasshoppers, the Common Meadow Katydid, caterpillars of several skippers, caterpillars of the Eyed Brown, caterpillars of the Tufted Sedge Moth and other moths, semi-aquatic leaf beetles, the Sedge Billbug, seed bugs, plant bugs, the Yellow Sugarcane Aphid and other aphids, leafhoppers, and other insects. Some wetland birds feed on the seeds or seedheads of sedges in wetlands; these species include the Mallard and other ducks, Sora and Virginia Rail, Swamp Sparrow and other granivorous songbirds, Trumpeter Swan, and some sandpipers. The Canada Goose also browses on the foliage of sedges. When the Brown Fox Sedge forms large colonies, it provides good cover for many species of wetland animals, including nesting habitat for the Sedge Wren.


Forage notes

Landscaping notes

This species prefers full to partial sun, wet to moist conditions, and soil containing loam, silt, clay, and/or gravel. Sometimes this robust sedge can spread aggressively, especially in disturbed areas where there is reduced competition from other plants. Temporary flooding is tolerated.

Restoration notes

Habitats include openings in floodplain woodlands, swamps, soggy thickets, river-bottom prairies, prairie swales, sedge meadows, low areas along ponds, gravelly seeps, streambanks, and ditches. This sedge is often found in degraded wetlands and wetlands that are seasonally flooded during the spring. Sometimes it is the dominant sedge in sedge meadows.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

4 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Landscaping

Cattle Palatability

Good, Fair

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.