Schoenus lepidosperma ssp. lepidosperma

Slender Bog-sedge

Perennial sedge spreading from underground stems. Rigid, erect to lax, deeply grooved flowering stems to 0.5mm diam.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-60 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to basal sheaths with small blade to 4 mm. Sheath shiny, smooth to ridged, red-brown and straw coloured.
  • Flower colourStraw-coloured to red-brown or blackish
  • Flowering timeSpring to Summer
  • FlowersTerminal spikelet to 2 cm long, 1-3- flowered, shiny, pointed; margins of bracts hairy at the top; spikelet stalk zigzagged. 6 narrow scale-like bristles at base of nut.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist sandy soils in heathy woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useMargins of water areas and moist depressions.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1-3, 5 Peter Kinchington ©; 4 Helen Moss ©

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