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Spiked Sedge

Carex spicata

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Cyperaceae (Sedge)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Brownish-green flowers with awned glumes, up to 3cm in size. The flowers look spiky as the name of this plant implies.
Fruit:
The fruits narrow gradually towards their ends. They appear in July and August.
Leaves:
A perennial grass-like sedge with very thin leaves. It grows in dense clumps, has long pointed purplish ligules. Its bracts are often purplish too.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.