Herb: Tufted Sedge
Latin name: Carex elata
Synonyms: Carex stricta
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Edible parts of Tufted Sedge:Root - cooked. Seed. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:By fen ditches and in wet places by rivers and lakes in base-rich soils.
Other uses of Tufted Sedge:The leaves are used for bedding. Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover.
Propagation of the herb: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 15°C. 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 Tufted Sedge:By fen ditches and in wet places by rivers and lakes in base-rich soils.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Carex elata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.