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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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