Spiked Sedge - Carex spicata


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.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Rough grassy places, roadsides and railway verges.

When to see it

Fruiting July and August.

Life History


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.

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

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