Herb latin name: Carex hirta


Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)



Medicinal use of Carex hirta:

Diuretic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
May to
June

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 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:

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.