Awl Fruited Sedge

Carex stipata

  • Tuft-forming sedge with an upright, cascading habit
  • Leaves are green, about 6 mm wide, triangular in cross section
  • Brownish-green flower heads look like bushy foxtails
  • Seed heads are erect, vertical, up to 8 cm long
  • Possibly the most common sedge in Ontario wetlands
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Grass Type: Cool Season



90-125 cm

50-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in full sun, in moist to wet conditions, like standing water. Colonizes slowly by rhizomes.

Additional Notes about Awl Fruited Sedge:

Native to Ontario and much of North America.

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and start again when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.