Hairy Sedge - Carex hirta


Creeping, tufted plant 30 to 70 cm tall. Roots often much branched leaves and sheaths hairy, and with long beaked, downy fruits. Inflorescence is elongated with 2 or 3 male spikelets at the tip, and several erect, widely spaced oblong female spikelets with long leaf like bracts.

Identification difficulty

Meadows, damp grassland, rough grassy places, pond margins.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common in Britain except in northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 438 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map