Carex acuta rufa L.
Carex bifurca Moench
Carex crassa Ehrh.
Carex exaltata Peterm.
Carex gracilescens (Hartm. ex Andersson) Trautv.
Carex plumbea (Wahlenb.) Willd.
Carex ruffa Brot.
Carex secalina Lapeyr.
Carex striata Gilib.
Carex vacillans Steud.
Carex watsonii Olney
Trasus riparius (Curtis) Gray
Common Name: Great Pond Sedge
Carex riparia is a perennial plant forming a dense cluster of grass-like leaves around 100 - 160cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Carex riparia is 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)[
Carex riparia is a very aggressive and invasive plant[
Throughout Europe, extending east to west Siberia, western China (Xinjiang) and Iran; N. Africa - Morocco, Algeria
Typically found on the margins of base-rich, mesotrophic to eutrophic rivers, streams, lakes and canals, in marshes and in fens., often forming extensive mono-specific swards, but will also occur as a narrow fringe on linear water bodies[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
Easily grown in a damp to wet soil in full sun or shade[
A very aggressive and invasive plant[
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 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.