Bladder-sedge - Carex vesicaria


This species has shortly creeping rhizomes bearing shoots in small tufts. It reaches between 30 and 120 cm in height. Stems are rough towards the top but not lower down. The leaves may reach a metre in length or more, they are narrow, rigid, pleated with fine toothed edges and fine points. The fruits are inflated, shiny and erect.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Only in wetland habitats, pond margins etc.

When to see it

Flowering May or June.

UK Status

Carex vesicaria is found dotted throughout Britain without being abundant anywhere.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was only found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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