Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Carex grayi -  Gray's Sedge

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Carex grayi

Visit the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Servicesweb site to view the natural range of Gray's Sedge
 Carex grayi - Gray's Sedge
Carex grayi - Gray's Sedge
Wildlife Significance

Pollination -

Leaves - Numerous skippers and moths feed on the leaves of this plant. To view the entire list visit the Illinois Wildflower site

Source of -
Nesting Material

Seed - Seeds from this Sedge are popular with Junco's, Lincoln's Sparrow and Song Sparrows. To view the entire list of birds that enjoy the seed of this plant Visit the Illinois Wildflower website.

Deer - Are not fond of this plant

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Seed Provenance -  Carex grayi  -

Nodding Gardens - 2011 - present. Original plant from Scioto Gardens - Delaware, OH - 2010

Cultivation Information

Height -
2 to 2 1/2 ft
Pistillate spikelet -
Blooms - 
Late spring to mid summer
Sun -
Part sun to medium shade
Hardy Zone - 5 to 9

Soil - Moist - lots of organic material

Mulch - Use as "living mulch" in between forbs

Provides - Seasonal color, texture and natural spacing to the landscape as well support for delicate wildflowers.

- Sedge - (Cyperacaea)

 Carex grayi - Gray's Sedge
Carex grayi - Gray's Sedge
Above Photo - Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln.