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Club Sedge

Carex buxbaumii

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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, 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, Remote 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:
60 centimetres tall
Bogs, fens, gardens, marshes, meadows, riverbanks, riversides, waterside, wetland.

Brown, no petals
3 to 5 erect, dark brown spikes. The top spike is normally male. Very similar in appearance to Close-headed Alpine Sedge (Carex norvegica) but the flowerheads of Club Sedge are more spread out and the top one is club-shaped. The glumes are dark purple. Wind pollinated.
Green fruits with dark bracts.
A clump-forming perennial, grass-like sedge with narrow leaves. The leaves are glaucous with inrolled margins.
Other Names:
Buxbaum's Sedge.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Carex buxbaumii, also known as Buxbaum's sedge, is a species of sedge native to Europe and Asia. It is a perennial herb growing up to 60 cm tall. It typically grows in moist to wet habitats such as meadows, fens, and along the margins of lakes and rivers. The leaves are narrow, and the flowers are small and arranged in spikes. The fruit is a small achene. It's a popular ornamental plant and can be used to stabilize soil in wetland restoration projects. It's also used in landscaping and gardening. It's also a food plant for the caterpillars of some species of moths, such as the sedge pug. This species is not as commonly known as others Carex species and information about it may be limited.


Club Sedge, also known by its scientific name Carex buxbaumii, is a unique and fascinating plant that belongs to the sedge family. This perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia, but it can be found in many parts of the world today. Club Sedge is known for its distinctive appearance, as well as its many uses in both traditional and modern medicine.

Appearance and Habitat

Club Sedge is a small, clump-forming plant that typically grows to a height of 20 to 60 cm. Its leaves are long and narrow, with a bluish-green color, and its stems are sturdy and erect. The plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers in early summer, which are followed by brown seed capsules.

Club Sedge prefers moist, shaded habitats, and can be found in a variety of locations, including forests, wetlands, and meadows. It is often found growing alongside other sedges, as well as ferns and other shade-loving plants.

Traditional Uses

Club Sedge has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Europe and Asia. The plant is rich in a variety of biologically active compounds, including flavonoids, alkaloids, and tannins, which are believed to have a number of health benefits.

In traditional medicine, Club Sedge has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, respiratory infections, and skin conditions. It has also been used as a natural remedy for headaches and menstrual cramps. Club Sedge has also been used as a natural diuretic, and is believed to have a cleansing effect on the body.

Modern Uses

In addition to its traditional uses, Club Sedge has gained popularity in recent years as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions. It is available in a variety of forms, including teas, tinctures, and capsules, and is often used to support digestive health, boost the immune system, and improve overall health and wellness.

Club Sedge has also been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These properties make it a promising natural remedy for a variety of chronic health conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

Growing Club Sedge

If you are interested in growing Club Sedge, it is important to create the right growing conditions. Club Sedge prefers moist, well-drained soil, and is most commonly found growing in shaded or semi-shaded areas.

When planting Club Sedge, it is important to provide it with plenty of water, particularly during the early stages of growth. The plant can also benefit from a regular application of organic fertilizer.

Once established, Club Sedge is relatively low-maintenance, and will continue to thrive with minimal care. Regular pruning can help to keep the plant looking its best, and can prevent it from becoming too invasive.

In conclusion, Club Sedge is a unique and valuable plant that has been used for centuries for its many health benefits. Whether you are interested in traditional medicine or modern natural remedies, Club Sedge is definitely worth exploring further. With its beautiful appearance, easy care requirements, and many health benefits, it is a great addition to any garden or natural health routine.

More Information

In addition to its medicinal properties, Club Sedge also has a number of other uses. Historically, the tough, fibrous leaves of the plant were used to make cordage, mats, and baskets. The plant's tough, durable stems were also used to make thatch roofs and woven walls.

Today, Club Sedge is still used in some traditional crafts, particularly in Japan, where the plant's leaves are used to make decorative objects, such as hats and baskets. The plant's dried stems are also used in flower arrangements and other decorative crafts.

Another interesting use of Club Sedge is in the restoration of wetland habitats. Because the plant is well-adapted to moist, shaded environments, it is often used in wetland restoration projects to help stabilize the soil, prevent erosion, and create habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

Club Sedge is a fascinating and versatile plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine and crafts. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its uses in traditional crafts, or its role in wetland restoration, Club Sedge is a plant with a lot to offer. With its unique appearance, many practical uses, and rich cultural history, it is definitely worth learning more about.

While Club Sedge is a relatively low-maintenance plant, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to grow it successfully. One important consideration is soil type. Club Sedge prefers moist, well-drained soil, so if you have heavy clay soil, you may need to amend it with compost or other organic matter to improve drainage.

Another important consideration is light. Club Sedge does best in partial to full shade, so it may not be a good choice for a sunny garden. If you do want to grow Club Sedge in a sunny location, be sure to keep it well-watered and mulched to help retain moisture in the soil.

In terms of care, Club Sedge is relatively low-maintenance. It does not require much fertilizer, but a light application of compost or other organic matter in the spring can help to promote healthy growth. The plant does benefit from regular pruning, however, as this can help to prevent it from becoming too leggy or invasive.

One thing to keep in mind if you are growing Club Sedge is that it can be somewhat slow to establish. It may take a year or two for the plant to really take off, so be patient and give it time to establish itself. Once it gets going, however, Club Sedge can be a very rewarding plant to grow, with its attractive foliage and many uses.

In conclusion, Club Sedge is a fascinating and versatile plant that is well worth growing in the garden. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its uses in traditional crafts, or its role in wetland restoration, Club Sedge is a plant with a lot to offer. With the right growing conditions and a little bit of care, Club Sedge can thrive in the garden and provide many years of enjoyment and practical use.

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