Grey Sedge - Carex divulsa ssp. divulsa
Family - Cyperaceae
Also known as - Berkeley sedge (USA)

Grey Sedge is a perennial that forms dense tufts of long dark evergreen narrow leaves, with flower culms (stems) 35-40cm (13.5-16in) tall of a triangular cross section and often drooping.  Individual flowers are sparsely placed at the lower stem becoming more crowded towards the top of the stem.  Common and frequent in southern half of the UK, it becomes less common further north, it will be found over much of Europe and a naturalised alien in Canada, America, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

It is in flower from June to August, initially a dark green, they mature to a light brown tuft of around six to ten seeds.  It is quite capable of tolerating dry conditions or sunny areas on most soils and may be found in scrub, hedge banks, woodland edges, paths, roadsides and in rough open grassland.  This sedge is used in the nursery and landscape trades as a ground-cover or lawn alternative.  

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Grey Sedge - Carex divulsa ssp. divulsa is eaten or used as an herbal remedy.

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