Carex grayi / Gray’s Sedge


Gray’s sedge bears one of the most distinctive seedheads of all the sedges, a large mace-shaped ball accentuated by the prolonged beaks of its radiating perigynia. It is native to moist, rich soils such as those found in floodplains, swamp forests, and (occasionally) mesic woodlands.

Host plant for many butterflies, including: Appalachian Brown, Black Dash, Dion Skipper, Dun Skipper, Eyed Brown, Georgia Satyr, Mulberry Wing, and Two-spotted Skipper.

Height: 2′ – 3′        Blooms: April, May

Siting: Moist to wet soil, sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Carex grayi Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Appalachian Brown
Black Dash
Dion Skipper
Dun Skipper
Eyed Brown
Georgia Satyr
Mulberry Wing
Two-spotted Skipper

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart