Caustis flexuosa

Curly Wig

Perennial sedge spreading from underground stems. Slender branching, wiry stems zigzagging at nodes, end of branches curling around, sometimes into a circle.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-90 cm x 10-30 cm
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to dark brown sheathing bracts.
  • Flower colourDark red-brown
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersSingle terminal 2-flowered spikelets 6-10 mm long, often curved.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained sandy soils in heathy woodland and lowland forests. Semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive rush for drier gardens, in rockeries and small gardens amongst other plants.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Ken Harris ©

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