Carex asperula Turcz.
Carex crassinervia Franch.
Carex funicularis Franch.
Carex meyeriana is a perennial plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock. The rhizome is short, producing a dense clump of grass-like leaves around 20 - 50cm tall[
The plant is grown in Japan to provide material for making mats[
Asia - Siberia, Russian Far East, Mongolia, northern China, Japan, Korea
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We have no 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[
An extract of the leavesand stems is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
The leaves are used for making mats[
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.