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Carex dipsacea, commonly known as the crested sedge or tussock sedge.




  • Size: Carex dipsacea typically forms dense clumps or tussocks of grass-like foliage. It can grow up to 30 to 60 cm in height, depending on the growing conditions.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Carex dipsacea are narrow and grass-like, with a dark green color. The edges of the leaves may have a slight curl or twist, giving it an interesting texture.
  • Flowers: The plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spikelets. The spikelets are borne on tall stems above the foliage. The flowers are usually brown or greenish in color and are not highly ornamental.


Growing Conditions:


  • Climate: Carex dipsacea is well-suited to temperate climates and is typically found in wetlands, meadows, and woodlands in its native range. It can tolerate a range of conditions but generally prefers cool, moist environments.
  • Sunlight: Tussock sedge thrives in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade, particularly in hotter climates.
  • Soil: The plant prefers moist, fertile soils that are well-draining. It is commonly found in wet or damp areas, such as marshes, streambanks, and forest edges.
  • Watering: Carex dipsacea requires consistently moist soil to thrive. It is best suited for gardens with ample water or in areas with naturally moist conditions.
  • Maintenance: This sedge is relatively low-maintenance. It does not require frequent pruning, but removing old or damaged foliage can be done as needed to maintain its appearance.


Carex dipsacea is valued for its ability to stabilize soil and prevent erosion, making it a suitable choice for wetland restoration projects and ecological landscaping. It can be used in rain gardens, pond edges, and other areas with regular moisture. Additionally, the dense tussocks provide habitat and shelter for wildlife, making it beneficial for supporting local ecosystems.

Carex dipsacea

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