Carex hystericina - Porcupine Sedge
Porcupine Sedge (Carex hystericina) is a large clump forming wetland sedge native to much of North America, and prefers calcareous soils which have a high pH level containing calcium carbonate from underlying chalk or limestone rock. It produces 2 - 3 spiked seedheads that are cylindrical in shape and sharply pointed that turn from green to brown at maturity. The species name "hystericina" means "bristly" or "porcupine like" referring to its prickly seedheads.
Soil Moisture: Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 30 inches
Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2 - 10
Bloom Color: Green, Brown
Bloom Time: May, June
Carex is one of the largest genera of plants with about 2,000 species and a distribution almost worldwide except for tropical lowlands and in sub-Saharan Africa. All Carex are perennial, and are most commonly found in moist to wet habitats. They are also known for their distinct, condensed inflorescences or spikelets that have gained popularity as ornamental in recent years. Sedges are important in peat deposits and often used as forage for livestock, but surprisingly have a rather limited economic utility considering how widespread their distribution is.
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