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Sedge, Porcupine

Carex hystericina

Drooping seed heads and arching leaves; seeds eaten by many birds and foliage by livestock and muskrats



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Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina), is a native sedge that enjoys full sun and wet soil conditions. It can tolerate occasional flooding.


Wildlife notes

An important food source for water loving insects and waterfowl.

Forage notes


Landscaping notes

Carex hystericina is a low-growing wetland sedge that forms attractive clumps of fine-leaved vegetation.

Restoration notes

This water loving species is useful in bioswales and sites requiring water mitigation. It is also helpful in controlling erosion along stream and pond banks.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Height Range

25 – 48"



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Landscaping, Cut Flower

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

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.