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Carex meyeriana - Kunth

Common Name Sedge, Wu la cao
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 9-12
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Most sedges are found in wetlands – such as marshes, calcareous fens, bogs and other peatlands, pond and stream banks, and riparian zones.
Range E. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Carex meyeriana Sedge, Wu la cao


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carex meyeriana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Carex asperula Turcz. Carex crassinervia Franch. Carex funicularis Franch. Carex putjatini Kom.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Biomass  Straw

Carbon Farming Solutions - Industrial Crop: biomass (Crops grown for non-food uses. Industrial crops provide resources in three main categories: materials, chemicals, and energy. Traditional materials include lumber and thatch, paper and cardboard, and textiles) [1-1]. Carex species are popular in horticulture especially for shady positions. No information was found for Carex meyeriana but some Carex native species are used in wildland habitat restoration projects, natural landscaping, and in sustainable landscaping as drought-tolerant grass replacements for lawns and garden meadows. A food source for animals.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming  Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Hay  Regional Crop

Climate: boreal to warm temperate. Humidity: aquatic. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: regional crop. Management: hay (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Biomass  Three broad categories: bamboos, resprouting woody plants, and giant grasses. uses include: protein, materials (paper, building materials, fibers, biochar etc.), chemicals (biobased chemicals), energy - biofuels
  • Management: Hay  Cut to the ground and harvested annually. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Plant Propagation

Propagation is by seed or division in spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Sedges, seg, wu la cao

China: Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Sichuan: Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia (Far East, Siberia).

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Carex acutiformisSwamp Sedge, Lesser pond sedgePerennial0.8 0-0  LMHSNMWe10 
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Carex arenariaSand SedgePerennial0.5 6-9 FLMSNDM222
Carex brizoides Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNMWe101
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Carex dispalata Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNMWe101
Carex distichaTworank sedgePerennial0.5 4-8  LMHSNMWe101
Carex eburneaBristleleaf sedgePerennial0.3 2-8 SLMHFSDM003
Carex elataTufted Sedge, Golden Variegated Sedge, Tufted SedgePerennial1.2 5-9 MLMHSNMWe203
Carex hachijoensisJapanese sedgePerennial0.3 5-9 MLMHFSM003
Carex hirtaHammer sedgePerennial0.5 5-9  LMHSNMWe111
Carex kobomugiJapanese sedgePerennial0.2 6-8  LMHSNMWe102
Carex macrocephalaLargehead sedgePerennial0.2 0-0  LMHSNMWe10 
Carex morrowiiIwashiba, Japanese Sedge Perennial0.6 5-9 FLMHFSNM004
Carex nebrascensisNebraska sedgePerennial0.5 0-0  LMHSNM00 
Carex nubigena Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNMWe11 
Carex paniculata Perennial1.5 6-9  LMHSNMWe101
Carex pensylvanicaPennsylvania sedgePerennial0.3 4-8 MLMHFSNDM003
Carex ripariaGreat Pond SedgePerennial1.5 5-9 FLMHSNMWe101
Carex rostrataBeaded Sedge, Beaked sedgePerennial1.0 0-0  LMHSNMWe101
Carex sylvaticaWood sedgePerennial0.6 3-8 FMHSNMWe003
Carex utriculataSedge, Northwest territory sedgePerennial1.2 0-0  LMHSNWeWa20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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