Carex hirtifolia, Hairy Wood Sedge



 

 

Hairy Wood Sedge sums it up pretty well. You can often find this sedge growing alongside eastern, central, southern Minnesota woodland trails. It can do almost as well as Common Wood Sedge on disturbed sites, beside hiking trails for instance, but it won't be found growing in full sun or in driveway gravel like its cousin. Hairy Wood Sedge is an excellent species to plant into woodlands restorations, yet is uncommon to find at nurseries. We always have a few on hand -propagated by division each autumn.

Blooms: green-beige, May into July

Height: 10 to 20 inches

Conditions: pt shade to shade, medium to medium dry soils

The hairs on the blades that give this sedge its name.