Carex grayi - Gray's
A better name for Gray's sedge would be Morning Star sedge. The spiked
flowers truly look like the medieval weapon of the same name.
The quality of the plant will be directly related to the
moisture it receives during the growing season. In full
sun situations moist soil is needed for the plant to look
healthy and lush. Established plants are drought tolerant
except during prolonged periods without moisture.
This plant is well-suited to a rain garden.
What is noticed most about Gray's sedge is the conspicuous and unique
seed heads, but the attractive pleated foliage is also a
nice touch. The flowers add a unique touch to floral arrangements.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - light green; 1 cm (3/8") wide blades; 30-100 cm (12-40")
Flowers - very showy and bloom from May-June; start out
green, later turning chocolate brown; reaching 40-120 cm
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; constantly
moist in hot dry climates; foliage is a deeper colour in shade
Coldest zone: 2
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: June to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 4 (water to root depth when
soil starts to dry) further info
Native to: eastern North America; meadows that are
wet in the spring
Recommended spacing between plants: 30-50 cm (12-20")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) grayi (GRAY-eye)
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