Greater Tussock-sedge - Carex paniculata


A robust, hairless plant that forms dense tussocks, often on shaggy pedestals, to 1m wide and 1.5m tall. Stems 60 to 150 cm tall, triangular in section and dark green, bearing dark green leaves that are 3 to 7 mm wide. These are keeled and with incurved toothed margins.

Identification difficulty

Swampy areas and besides lakes, canals and streams.

When to see it

Fruiting June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread over most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be quite frequent where it occurs. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 38 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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