Spiked Sedge - Carex spicata

    Description

    This sedge grows in pronounced tufts with the spikes curving outwards and upwards to 80 cm. The fruit spikes at first appear similar to those of False Fox Sedge, but at maturity the individual fruits are very spiky with pronounced beaks as the name suggests.

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    Habitat

    Rough grassy places, roadsides and railway verges.

    When to see it

    Fruiting July and August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales, becoming less common further north.

    VC55 Status

    Locally frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 108 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map