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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)

Mace Sedge, Gray Sedge, Morning Star Sedge, Bur Sedge, Gray's Bur Sedge, Gray's Sedge


With seed heads resembling the medieval spiked clubs, Carex grayi (Mace Sedge) is a very distinctive ornamental grass which adds long-lasting interest in the garden. Rising above a pleated, grass-like, semi-evergreen foliage that is light green in full sun (darker in light shade), its conspicuous and unique mace-like flower spikes clearly draw attention in early summer and remain attractive well into winter. They emerge pale green and turn chocolate as they mature. Native to North America, this moisture-loving plant provides year round visual interest and is a food source for many bird species.

  • Growing easily in a clump up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm), Carex grayi enjoys full sun, tolerates light shade and thrives in moist, well-drained soils. Wet soil tolerant!
  • This is an unusual accent plant for beds, borders, containers, near ponds & pools where it adds wonderful character and texture to plant combinations. Perfect for fresh or dried flower arrangements!
  • Drought tolerant, once established, it requires very little care. This ornamental grass will re-seed under satisfactory conditions.
  • Deer resistant
  • Propagate through seeding in the fall and division in the spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 20" (30cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 20" (30cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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