Herb: Swamp Sedge

Latin name: Carex acutiformis

Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Edible parts of Swamp Sedge:

Root - cooked. Seed. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use.

Description of the plant:


75 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Saline marshes in E. Massachusetts.

Propagation of Swamp Sedge:

Seed - sow in situ in the spring in a moist soil in light shade. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame and be planted out in the summer. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 15C. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Saline marshes in E. Massachusetts.

Medicinal use of Swamp Sedge:

None known

Known hazards of Carex acutiformis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.