Carex grayi
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Hardiness Zone: 2-9 Height: 2-3 feet Spread: 1.5-2 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: The seeds and seed heads of sedges are fairly important sources of food for various waterfowl, upland game birds, and some songbirds. Bloom Colour: Green Tolerates: Deer; erosion; temporary flooding Culture: Gray sedge grows best in moist fertile soil in light shade. It thrives at or near water. Propagation is through seeding in the fall and division in the spring. Clumps may be easily divided in early spring. Dead foliage should be cut to the ground in late fall or early spring. Noteworthy Characteristics: The greenish yellow to brown seed heads of this sedge look like spiked clubs and are attractive in both fresh and dried flower arrangements. The fruits remain on the plant in winter, adding an interesting accent when the shadows reflect on snow. The grass-like leaves, which are up to 1/2" wide, are semi-evergreen.