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Common Name: Common Spike-Rush
Eleocharis palustris is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
An almost cosmopolitan plant, found in most regions of the world including Britain.
Marshes, ditches and the margins of ponds throughout Britain[
Prefers slightly acid conditions, growing well in shallow water or muddy ground[
A very variable species, it is divided into a number of sub-species by some botanists[
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The plant has been used as bedding, for stuffing pillows and to make a pad for sitting on[
Seed - surface sow in the spring in pots standing in shallow water. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.