Carnation Sedge - Carex panicea


This plant reaches 10 to 60 cm and has short creeping rhizomes that bear small tufts of shoots. It is a very glaucous sedge with distinctive knobbly looking fruits.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Marshes and heath grassland.

When to see it


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain except for a small area around The Wash.

VC55 Status

Occasional in the east and more frequent in the west of our area. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 60 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Carnation Sedge
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/07/2013 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
15/05/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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