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Carex grayi

Gray’s sedge

Carex grayi is a tall sedge native to the southeast, although occurring less frequently in the southernmost states. It is found naturally in bottomland forests and swamps, but is easily cultivated in moist or wet sites and does well in full sun to part shade. This sedge has evergreen foliage and very distinctive radially spiky seed heads, which make it an interesting garden plant. It can grow up to three feet tall. Like any of our Carex species, Carex grayi works well in several different applications: wetland mitigation, stream restoration, constructed wetland, or as a rain garden plant.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 3'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FACW) Facultative wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Evergreen
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Shade Tolerant

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Slope
  • Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Green Roof
  • Rain Garden
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation