Carex squarrosa / Squarrose Sedge


Squarrose sedge is a grass-like plant of wet meadows, marshes, and swamps with a compact, upright form and a seedhead that looks like a medieval mace. Its vertical architecture gives dynamic, structural strength to gardens amd restorations.

A robust groundcover that can help keep weeds at bay. Plant in drifts. Great for rain gardens and thrives in average soils, too.

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

A successful component of our no-tech pond. Read more about it on our blog.

Height: 2′    Blooms: May

Siting: Moist to wet soil, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Carex squarrosa 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