Grey Sedge - Carex divulsa subsp. divulsa


Carex divulsa subsp. divulsa forms dense tufts of green leaves and has long, often drooping flowering stems.  It has fairly short bracts and the flowers are well spaced out

Identification difficulty
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This sedge will tolerate quite dry conditions and may be found in hedge banks, scrub, along woodland borders and paths, on roadsides and in rough, open grassland.

When to see it

In flower from June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Although fairly frequent in southern England, Wales and East Anglia, it becomes much less common further north.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. Prior to the Broughton Astley record of 1st September 2017 it was last recorded from VC55 in 1971.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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