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Dunn's Woods Restoration and Education Project
Photo of Gray's Sedge

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Gray's Sedge (Carex grayi)

Native perennial sedge of deciduous woodlands, areas near water, and swamps

Partial to moderate sun and wet to damp conditions (plant in low, wet areas)

Spikelets are yellowish to dark-brown, June - October

Grows 2 - 2.5 feet

Faunal Associations:

    • Butterflies, skippers, and moths will eat the foliage of the sedges
    • The seeds are a moderately imporant food source for rails, upland gamebirds, etc.
    • However, Carex spp. are wind-pollinated

Fun Fact: Named for Asa Gray, a distinguished 18th century Botanist

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