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Carex elata - All.

Common Name Tufted Sedge, Golden Variegated Sedge, Tufted Sedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By fen ditches and in wet places by rivers and lakes in base-rich soils[17, 50].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south to Algeria and east to the Caucasus.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Carex elata Tufted Sedge, Golden Variegated Sedge, Tufted Sedge


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Summary

Bloom Color: Brown, Green. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Carex elata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 1.5 m (5ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very 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. stricta. Good.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root  Seed
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[172]. Seed[172]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Bedding

The leaves are used for bedding[61]. Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover[200].

Special Uses

Ground cover

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses: Border, Foundation, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen. Easily grown in a damp to wet soil in full sun or shade[162, 200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Wetlands plant, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

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[138]. Division in spring[200]. 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.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Helen Tjader   Tue Jun 20 2006

This is supposed to be the page for carex stricta - is this the same plant?

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