Herb latin name: Carex hirta
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Medicinal use of Carex hirta:Diuretic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rough grassy places, woods, damp meadows and damp sandy hollows.
Edible parts of Carex hirta:Root - cooked. Seed. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use.
Other uses of the herb:The leaves are used for bedding.
Propagation of Carex hirta: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 the herb:Rough grassy places, woods, damp meadows and damp sandy hollows.
Known hazards of Carex hirta:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.