Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior)

Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior)

Sedges are like grasses, but they are cool season growers, sprouting out of the ground as soon as the snow is gone and long before the warm season prairie grasses come out of dormancy. They provide much needed green growth early in the spring. Prairie Sedge has short leaves and lots of seed heads that flop over after maturing.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium, Medium-Wet
Height:    18 inches
Blooms:    June, July
Color:    Green
Spacing:    12-18″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Prairie Sedge grows very early in the season and with taller seed stems that tend to splay out afterwards. It’s best planted in a dense garden, scattered in-between warm-season prairie grasses and flowers that can keep it from growing too vigorously and flop outwards.

Companion Plants

Prairie Dropseed
Butterfly Milkweed
Prairie Phlox
Rough Blazing Star