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A smaller wetland sedge named for the prickly appearance of its seed heads. Very similar in appearance to other “bottlebrush sedges” such that identification in the wild may be difficult.


Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic

Soil Type: Loam, Silt, Sand, Humus

Height: 1'-2'

Leaf Texture: Medium

Bloom Time: May-Jun

Root Type: Fibrous

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts a few species of moth, butterfly, and skipper including the eyed brown butterfly and black dash skipper. Supports a number of grasshopper, semi-aquatic leaf beetles, leafhoppers, and an assortment of other small insects. Seeds are eaten by waterfowl, rails, and some songbirds. Muskrats occasionally feed on all parts of the plant.

Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina)
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