What is it? Carex vulpinoidea, commonly known as Fox Sedge, is a species of perennial grass-like plants.
Native to where? It is native to North America, including most of Canada, the Dominican Republic, the United States and parts of Mexico.
Hardiness Zone: Plants are hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.
What does it look like? It forms beautiful fine-leaved mounds, two feet in diameter, with clumps of stems up to a meter tall. Its common name is derived from the seed head which resembles a fox's tail, and may be up to about 3.9 inches long.
Bloom Time: Its mid-summer fruiting period is when the bright bronze seed head is visible.
Growth Habit: It actively grows during the spring and fall when soil temperatures are cool.
Growing Conditions: Fox Sedge grows in a wide variety of medium-moist to wet soils, including clay, and is an excellent choice for rain gardens.
Environmental Benefits: Plants are pest resistant and unpalatable to deer and most other herbivores. They can be a resilient sedge for wetlands and disturbed sites, and can be used to stabilize the ground on shorelines.
By Robert H. Mohlenbrock - http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=cavu2_002_avp.tif, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5778483
Plant Pickup Day is Saturday, May 18 at Nanny Park, corner of 5th Street and Oak Street in Baraboo, from 9 am to 12 pm.