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Carex sylvatica - Huds.

Common Name Wood sedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Deciduous woodlands on heavy soils; Sometimes found in unwooded areas.
Range Europe, Asia, and far east to Iran.Introduced to North America, and New Zealand.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Carex sylvatica Wood sedge


Carex sylvatica Wood sedge
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carex sylvatica is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. The flowers are pollinated by Wind, Insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

C. drymeia L.f. C. emarcida Suter C. laxula Tineo ex Boott. C. loncholepis Less. ex Meinsh. C. patula Scop. C. psilostachya Kit. ex Willd. C. strigosa Willd. ex Kunth [Illegitimate]. C. sylvatica f. gracilis Celak. C. sylvatica f. laxula (Tineo ex Boott) Kük. C. sylvatica var. laxula (Tineo ex Boott) Nyman. C. sylvatica subsp. laxula (Tineo ex Boott) K.Richt. C. sylvatica f. pumila Fiek ex Uechtr. C. sylvatica subsp. sylvatica. C. sylvatica var. tommasinii Rchb. Edritria sylvatica (Huds.) Raf. Proteocarpus sylvaticus (Huds.) Fedde & J.Schust. Trasus sylvaticus (Huds.) Gray.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Insulation

A good evergreen ground cover supplying winter interest. Can be used on slope or Banks. Good in containers. Can make a good edging plant. Deer resistant and shade tolerant. Recommended as a groundcover under trees and shrubs. Wildlife Habitat - provides cover for small wildlife. Fiber. C. sylvatica was used as wadding in order to retain heat by Laplanders (English Botany. Sowerby and Smith, 1802). Ornamental [318-1].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

C. sylvatica is a clump-forming, log-lived, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial 0.15m to 0.6m (6 inches - 24 inches) high and a spread of 0.15m to 0.6m (6 inches - 24 inches). It has a moderate Growth Rate. It prefers sun to partial shade and loamy to clay soil. Soil moisture is wet, to moderate and soil pH: 5.8 - 7.0. it is drought intolerant. There are a few distinct subspecies. It can be evergreen or deciduous. Non-mycorrhizal. In garden design, as well as the above-ground architecture of a plant, root structure considerations help in choosing plants that work together for their optimal soil requirements including nutrients and water. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length.

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Propagation

Propagate by plant division in spring or seeding in the fall.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Wood-sedge, Sedge, European woodland sedge.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Europe, Asia, and far east to Iran.Introduced to North America, and New Zealand.

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 : Not Listed.

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Carex acutiformisSwamp Sedge, Lesser pond sedgePerennial0.8 0-0  LMHSNMWe10 
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Carex nebrascensisNebraska sedgePerennial0.5 0-0  LMHSNM00 
Carex nubigena Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNMWe11 
Carex paniculata Perennial1.5 6-9  LMHSNMWe10 
Carex pensylvanicaPennsylvania sedgePerennial0.3 4-8 MLMHFSNDM003
Carex ripariaGreat Pond SedgePerennial1.5 5-9 FLMHSNMWe10 
Carex rostrataBeaded Sedge, Beaked sedgePerennial1.0 0-0  LMHSNMWe10 
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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