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Remote Sedge

Carex remota

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Cyperaceae (Sedge)
Also in this family:
American Galingale, Birdsfoot Sedge, Black Alpine Sedge, Black Bog-rush, Bladder Sedge, Bog Sedge, Bottle Sedge, Bristle Club-rush, Bristle Sedge, Broad-leaved Cotton-grass, Brown Beak-sedge, Brown Bog-rush, Chestnut Rush, Close-headed Alpine Sedge, Club Sedge, Common Club-rush, Common Cotton-grass, Common Sedge, Common Spike-rush, Curved Sedge, Deergrass, Dioecious Sedge, Distant Sedge, Divided Sedge, Dotted Sedge, Downy-fruited Sedge, Dwarf Sedge, Dwarf Spike-rush, Estuarine Sedge, False Fox Sedge, False Sedge, Few-flowered Sedge, Few-flowered Spike-rush, Fibrous Tussock Sedge, Fingered Sedge, Flat Sedge, Flea Sedge, Floating Club-rush, Gingerbread Sedge, Glaucous Sedge, Great Fen Sedge, Greater Pond Sedge, Greater Tussock Sedge, Green-ribbed Sedge, Grey Club-rush, Grey Sedge, Hair Sedge, Hairy Sedge, Haresfoot Sedge, Hare's-tail Cotton-grass, Heath Sedge, Hop Sedge, Large Yellow Sedge, Lesser Pond Sedge, Lesser Tussock Sedge, Long-bracted Sedge, Many-stalked Spike-rush, Mountain Bog Sedge, Needle Spike-rush, Northern Deergrass, Northern Spike-rush, Oval Sedge, Pale Sedge, Pendulous Sedge, Perennial Sedge, Pill Sedge, Prickly Sedge, Rock Sedge, Round-headed Club-rush, Russet Sedge, Salt Sedge, Sand Sedge, Scorched Alpine Sedge, Sea Club-rush, Sheathed Sedge, Slender Club-rush, Slender Cotton-grass, Slender Sedge, Slender Spike-rush, Slender Tufted Sedge, Smooth-stalked Sedge, Soft-leaved Sedge, Spiked Sedge, Spring Sedge, Star Sedge, Starved Wood Sedge, Stiff Sedge, String Sedge, Sweet Galingale, Tall Bog Sedge, Tawny Sedge, Thin-spiked Wood Sedge, Triangular Club-rush, True Fox Sedge, Tufted Sedge, Water Sedge, White Beak-sedge, White Sedge, Wood Club-rush, Wood Sedge, Yellow Sedge
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Bogs, fens, gardens, riverbanks, riversides, waterside, wetland, woodland.

Green, no petals
Well separated flowerheads on a short stalkless flower spike. The flowers have very long leafy bracts.
Green fruit, 3 to 3.5mm across.
A perennial sedge with narrow bright green leaf blades. At first Remote Sedge may appear to look like a grass and can easily be left unnoticed.
Other Names:
European Meadow Sedge.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Carex remota is a species of sedge plant in the Cyperaceae family, it is native to North America and Canada, it is found in wetland habitats such as bogs, fens, and along stream banks. It has linear leaves and produces small green or brownish-green flowers in spikes. The plant can grow up to 40 cm in height and forms dense tufts. It prefers wet soils and partial shade, it is also tolerant to salt and drought. It is often used as a ornamental plant in gardens, and wetland restoration, it is also known for its medicinal properties, it has been traditionally used for wound healing and for treating respiratory conditions.


Remote sedge, also known as Carex remota, is a species of sedge that is commonly found in damp areas such as meadows, swamps, and bogs. It is a perennial plant that belongs to the Cyperaceae family, which is commonly known as the sedge family. Remote sedge is a very common and widespread species, and it can be found in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia.

Remote sedge is an attractive and hardy plant, and it is a great addition to any garden or landscape. It typically grows to a height of around 50 cm, and it has long, narrow, dark green leaves that are around 1 cm wide. The flowers of the remote sedge are small and brown, and they grow in dense spikes at the tips of the stems.

One of the unique features of remote sedge is its ability to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. It can grow in soil that is acidic or alkaline, and it can also tolerate wet or dry soil conditions. This makes it a very versatile plant that can be grown in a variety of different locations.

Remote sedge is a great plant to use for erosion control. Its extensive root system helps to stabilize soil, and it can also help to prevent soil erosion. It is also a great plant to use for habitat restoration, as it can help to improve the soil quality and provide a habitat for a variety of different wildlife species.

One of the other benefits of remote sedge is that it is very easy to care for. It requires very little maintenance, and it can grow in full sun or partial shade. It is also a very drought-tolerant plant, which means that it can survive in areas with limited rainfall.

Overall, remote sedge is a great plant to use for a variety of different landscaping and habitat restoration projects. Its hardy nature, attractive appearance, and ability to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions make it a very versatile and useful plant. Whether you are looking to stabilize soil, prevent erosion, or provide a habitat for wildlife, remote sedge is definitely a plant worth considering.

In addition to its practical uses, remote sedge also has a number of cultural and historical significance. In some Native American cultures, the roots of remote sedge were used for medicinal purposes, such as treating digestive problems, skin irritations, and infections. The seeds of the plant were also used for food, either raw or roasted.

As a landscaping plant, remote sedge can be used in a variety of ways. It can be planted as a ground cover, where it will form a dense, attractive mat of foliage that will help to prevent weeds from growing. It can also be used as a border or edging plant, or it can be planted in groups to create a naturalistic look.

When planting remote sedge, it is important to choose a location that receives plenty of moisture. The plant prefers soil that is moist but not waterlogged, so it is important to ensure that the soil drains well. In drier climates, it may be necessary to water the plant regularly to keep the soil moist.

One of the best things about remote sedge is its ability to adapt to a wide range of growing conditions. Whether you are planting it in a wetland, meadow, or backyard garden, it is a hardy and attractive plant that can provide a range of benefits, from soil stabilization to wildlife habitat.

Remote sedge is a versatile and attractive plant that is well-suited to a variety of different uses, from landscaping to habitat restoration. Its hardy nature, adaptability to different soil conditions, and ease of care make it a great choice for anyone looking to add a low-maintenance, attractive plant to their landscape.

There are several other reasons why remote sedge is a great plant to incorporate into your landscape. For example, it is a low-growing plant that does not require mowing or trimming, which can save time and energy compared to other types of lawn or ground cover plants. Additionally, its dense growth habit can help to reduce soil erosion and filter pollutants from runoff water, making it a great choice for areas near streams, lakes, or other bodies of water.

Another benefit of remote sedge is that it can be used to create a natural-looking, low-maintenance lawn alternative. By planting remote sedge in place of traditional turf grass, you can reduce your water usage, decrease your lawn maintenance costs, and provide a habitat for wildlife. Additionally, remote sedge is more tolerant of shade and foot traffic than most types of turf grass, making it a great choice for areas with heavy foot traffic or partial shade.

Finally, remote sedge can help to increase the biodiversity of your landscape by providing habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The plant's dense growth habit and root system can provide shelter and nesting sites for birds and small mammals, and its seeds and foliage can provide food for a variety of insects and other small animals. By incorporating remote sedge into your landscape, you can help to create a more diverse and resilient ecosystem.

In summary, remote sedge is a versatile, attractive, and practical plant that can be used in a variety of different landscaping and habitat restoration projects. Its adaptability, low maintenance requirements, and ability to provide benefits such as erosion control, water filtration, and wildlife habitat make it a great choice for anyone looking to enhance the ecological value and aesthetic appeal of their property.


Remote Sedge filmed at Haigh Hall, Lancashire on the 9th June 2023.


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