Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina)
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. A good shorter border for wet areas such as a rain garden.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Silt, Sand, Humus
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.