Glaucous Sedge - Carex flacca


Creeping plant about 10 to 60cm tall. Leaves grey or dull green above, and glaucous beneath, and egg shaped, inflated, almost beakless fruits. Inflorescence has 1 to 3 male spikelets 10 to 35 mm long with purple brown glumes that have pale midribs, and 1 to 5 close set female spikelets 15 to 50 mm the lower drooping on long rough stalks. Female glumes 2 to 3 mm long purple black with pale midribs and edges and blunt tips.

Similar Species

A number of sedges look very similar and sure identification requires detailed examination of the leaves and flowers.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

3 male spikes, three stigmas, scabrid utricles without a beak, lowest inflorescence pendent


Wet places, damp ditches, etc.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 246 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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