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Sedge, Wood Gray

In spite of the name, this sedge is not gray in color; birds and occasionally squirrels eat the seeds; livestock eat foliage.



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Carex grisea, commonly known as Wood Gray Sedge is a native perennial clump forming sedge. Despite the common name, it is actually dark green in color.

Wildlife notes

The caterpillars of various butterflies, skippers, and moths feed on the foliage of Sedges.  In particular, woodland sedges are host plants of two woodland butterflies, Eyed Brown and Appalachian Brown. The seedheads of sedges are eaten by many kinds of birds. In woodlands, the Gray Squirrel and Fox Squirrel eat the seedheads to a limited extent. In contrast, White-Tailed Deer usually leave the foliage of sedges alone.

Forage notes

livestock eat the foliage.

Landscaping notes

This sedge adapts readily to light shade, moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil with some organic material. It can be grown underneath trees. Carex grisea also resembles lily turf (Liriope sp.) and would be a good native alternative to that overused non-native ground cover.

Restoration notes

Habitats include moist to mesic areas of rich deciduous woodlands, bottomland forests, woodland borders, and shaded roadside ditches. This is one of the more common sedges of moist woodlands.

Articles and Videos About This Plant

To learn more about native plants, check out the following links:

The Benefits of Grass Diversity

Using Native Plants and Dead Trees to Restore Stream Banks

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade


Average, Moist





Bloom Month

Apr, May

Specialty Uses


# 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.