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  • Brown Fox Sedge

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carex vulpinoidea

    COMMON NAMES: Brown Fox Sedge, Fox Sedge

    BLOOM TIME: June, July


    • 1-3 ½ ft. tall with narrow leaves 3’ x 5 mm wide.
    • Leaves are rough on top & smooth on the bottom.
    • Spikelets are 2-5 in. long x 15 mm across & appear bristly.
    • Some think it resembles a fox’s tail when in bloom.
    • Habitat: full or partial sun in wet conditions with soil of loam, clay or gravel.
    • Found in banks, ditches, swamps, & woodlands.
    • These are in all Illinois counties.


    • Provides food for sora (Soras are small, chubby, chickenlike birds with long toes) and yellow rails, swamp and tree sparrow, snipe and other songbirds