Sand Sedge (Carex arenaria)

C. spadicea.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sand Sedge
Carex arenaria

The long creeping rootstock is valuable for binding sandy soils[1, 4, 115].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is diaphoretic and diuretic[4, 7, 9, 21, 61]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of bronchitis and catarrhs, abdominal and stomach disorders, liver complaints, arthritis and rheumatism and skin conditions such as eczema and pruritus[9]. It has been used as a substitute for the tropical plant sarsaparilla[4]. The root is harvested in the spring and dried for later use[9].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[172].

    Seed[172]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in situ in the spring in a moist soil in light shade. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame and be planted out in the summer. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 6 weeks at 15¡c[138]. Division in spring[200]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
Best grown in a sandy soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates maritime exposure[17]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Coastal areas of Europe, including Britain, the Black Sea, siberia and N. America.

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