Awl-fruited Sedge
Prickly Sedge
Common Fox Sedge
Common Fox Sedge leaves


Awl-fruited sedge is a cool season perennial of Vulpinae type sedge, native to North America and Asia. Sedges are grouped according to common traits due to the large amount of species (over 600 in North America). Awl-fruited Sedge has many common names including prickly sedge, common fox sedge, stalk-grained sedge, amongst other names. The plant thrives in wet habitats such as waters edge, swamps, floodplains, and wet meadows. Its most prominent features include yellowish-green foliage and interesting green to golden brown prickly seed heads. This plant and establishes quickly, and is a good choice for wetland restoration purposes; tolerates full shade to full sun exposure, is deer-resistant, and attracts birds and native insects.

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.