Carex calderae A.Hansen
Carex diandra Roth
Carex lusitanica Willd.
Carex punctulata Leers
Carex szovitsii V.I.Krecz.
Caricina paniculata (L.) St.-Lag.
Loxotrema lusitanica (Willd.) Raf.
Physiglochis paniculata (L.) Raf.
Vignea paniculata (L.) Rchb.
Common Name: Greater Tussock Sedge
Carex paniculata is a perennial plant forming a dense cluster of grass-like leaves around 40 - 150cm tall and up to 100cm in diameter[
The plantt is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Carex paniculata s widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2014)[
Most of Europe, including Britain, but absent from eastern European Russia; W. Asia - Turkey and the Caucasus; N. Africa - Morocco, Algeria
Wet, often shady places, on peaty, base-rich soils[
]. Marshes, canals, shores[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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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 straw is used for bedding[
]. The plant is used for making hassocks and brooms[
The leaves of most species in this genus can be used to make a soft, insulated bedding for sleeping on when camping etc[
The fibre obtained from the plant is suitable for making paper[
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.