Pill Sedge - Carex pilulifera


    It has very short rhizomes and is densely tufted or even tussock forming. It is 10 to 30 cm in height and the upper part of the stem is rough.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Heath grassland and marshes.

    When to see it

    Fruiting June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Confined mainly to Charnwood Forest where it is never abundant. Only very scattered records from elsewhere in our area. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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