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Carex hirta - L.

Common Name Hammer sedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rough grassy places, woods, damp meadows and damp sandy hollows[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south to N. Africa and east to temperate Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Carex hirta Hammer sedge


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carex hirta is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Jun to July. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. 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.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden;  Dappled Shade;  Shady Edge;  Meadow;  Bog Garden.

Rough grassy places, woods, damp meadows and damp sandy hollows[17].

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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Diuretic.

Diuretic[61].

Other Uses

Bedding.

The leaves are used for bedding[61].

Cultivation details

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].

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.

Other Names

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Found In

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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.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Carex brizoides 10
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Carex dispalata 10
Carex distichaTworank sedge10
Carex elataTufted Sedge, Golden Variegated Sedge, Tufted Sedge20
Carex kobomugiJapanese sedge10
Carex macrocephalaLargehead sedge10
Carex nebrascensisNebraska sedge00
Carex nubigena 11
Carex paniculata 10
Carex ripariaGreat Pond Sedge10
Carex rostrataBeaded Sedge, Beaked sedge10
Carex utriculataSedge, Northwest territory sedge20

 

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