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Carex riparia

Greater pond sedge

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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads



Skill level


photo by Jerry Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (62187)

Plant details

This is a clump-forming ornamental grass with brown flower spikes in early summer. It requires mosit or wet soil and looks great grown at the edge of a pond.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Carex

Species: riparia

Plant type: Marginal

Flower colour: Brown

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

Flowering period: May to June

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