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Carex utriculata - Boott.

Common Name Sedge, Northwest territory sedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open swamps, wet thickets, marshes, sedge meadows, bogs, fens, stream, pond, and lakeshores from sea level to 3500 metres[270].
Range N. America - Newfoundland and southwards.
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Weed Potential No
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Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Carex utriculata Sedge, Northwest territory sedge


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carex utriculata is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). 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. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

C. rostrata utriculata.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root  Seed  Stem
Edible Uses:

The pith of the stem can be eaten raw or cooked. It has a sugary taste[161]. Root and tuberous stem bases - cooked[161, 172]. Eaten by children[257]. Seed[172]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. 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].

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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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Carex paniculata Perennial1.5 6-9  LMHSNMWe10 
Carex ripariaGreat Pond SedgePerennial1.5 5-9 FLMHSNMWe10 
Carex rostrataBeaded Sedge, Beaked sedgePerennial1.0 0-0  LMHSNMWe10 

 

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