Audubon® Fox Sedge
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A robust, adaptable, steadily spreading Sedge, Fox Sedge is great for covering ground in wet places. This easy-to-grow Fringe will help bind the soil and prevent erosion, give cover to wildlife, and supply nutritious seeds to game birds and songbirds. Birds will also feast on the insects they find among the tufts of Fox Sedge—its foliage hosts caterpillars, aphids, plant bugs, beetles, katydids, grasshoppers, and leafhoppers. This insect protein is vital to many birds’ diets, especially when they are raising their chicks. Plant it alongside streams, ponds, or lakes, where it has room to roam.
May Benefit & Attract: wrens, wood warblers
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Of the more than 600 species of Sedges native to the U.S., Fox Sedge is one of the most successful. It thrives just about anywhere it can find wet soil. Its native range includes all of the southern Canadian provinces and all of the lower 48 states except for one. Sorry, Utah! This cold-hardy (to -40ºF) and rugged plant is often the dominant Sedge in the ecosystems it inhabits. Fox Sedge gets its name from its seedheads. They turn a reddish brown color when they mature, and they look like little fox tails.
One bird that definitely benefits from the presence of Sedge habitat like Fox Sedge is the appropriately named Sedge wren. This small, shy, perky bird nests among Sedge plants at the water’s edge throughout the Midwest. It is quite nomadic and doesn’t often nest in the same area twice. If you don’t see it this year in your Sedges, maybe you’ll see it the next!
How to Grow
Fox Sedge is easy to grow, provided you have rich, fertile soil that doesn’t dry out. Put it in a spot that receives all-day sun if you can; some shade in the afternoon will also suffice. This cool-season Fringe is in active growth in spring and fall, and it flowers in late spring. Fox Sedge is evergreen in most parts of its range. You may still want to cut back the old foliage in early spring before the new growth emerges. This plant is a vigorous grower; do not site it next to more delicate plants.
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