Carex arenaria Leers
Carex grossheimii V.I.Krecz.
Carex intermedia Gooden.
Carex longibracteata Schleich.
Carex marginata Gorter
Carex modesta J.Gay
Carex multiformis Thuill.
Carex pseudoarenaria Pers.
Carex schoenoides DC.
Carex spicata Lam.
Caricina disticha (Huds.) St.-Lag.
Vignea disticha (Huds.) Peterm.
Vignea intermedia Rchb.
Carex disticha is a clump-forming, perennial plant with an extensively spreading rootstock. It produces clusters of grass-like leaves around 20 - 80cm tall, spreading to form colonies
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Eurasia - western Europe from Spain to Norway, extending east to western Siberia, Kazakhstan and Iran; N. Africa - Morocco to Libya
Damp grassy places, fens, marshes and wet meadows[
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Easily grown in a damp to wet soil in full sun or shade[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Root - cooked[
]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[
We have no more specific information for this species, but the young shoots and tender leaf bases of almost all species in this genus have a sweet flavour[
]. They furnish a tasty nibble and make an excellent emergency food in the wild since they are widely available[
The leaves are used for bedding[
The leaves of most species in this genus can be used to make a soft, insulated bedding for sleeping on when camping etc[
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[
]. Species in this genus, when started from seed tend to stay diminutive for over a year, with plant leaves remaining stunted and fragile for a considerable period of time[
Division in spring[
]. 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.