Herb: Great Pond Sedge


Latin name: Carex riparia


Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)



Edible parts of Great Pond Sedge:

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

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Perennial

Height:
150 cm
(5 feet)

Flovering:
May to
June

Habitat of the herb:

By slow flowing rivers, in ditches and ponds and occasionally on drier ground.

Other uses of Great Pond Sedge:

The straw is used for bedding.

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 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 Great Pond Sedge:

By slow flowing rivers, in ditches and ponds and occasionally on drier ground.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Carex riparia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.