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Plant ID, please!

TreadukTreaduk Posts: 42


I inherited the below plant when I moved in, and have had to move it from the front garden.  I think it's great so am hoping to re-plant in the back garden but would love to know what it is so I can find out what it likes and where to put it.

Does anyone have any ideas?  I've not been here long, so I'm not sure whether it flowers.  I'm pretty sure it's evergreen though.  The blades are quite spiky and rigid. 

Thanks in advance for any advice!









  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    May be a sedge by the looks of it.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,274

    I agree with Bushman. Some sedges are indicators of damp/boggy ground, these are the conditions they enjoy and they can cope with some shade. If you like the plant it can add texture and structure to your garden as it is often classed as an ornamental grass. The Lake District is full of sedges.

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  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Looks sedgey

    Or perhaps deschampsia caespitosa?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    Verdun should know, and I am sure he will be here soon, if he has finished stirring the pot !

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  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    As Ladybird states sedge likes damp ground but can tolerate different soil types. Meadowsweet (Filipenula ulmaria) grows well with sedges so worth having a look at those.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,366

    Juncus effusus, soft rush, I think. Commonly appears in damp places. Sedges have a triangular shape to the leaves with a ridge down the back

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    Sedges and Rushes are very alike,both live in the same type of area, size can sometimes be the big tell as rushes can grow tall where as sedges form tufts sometimes quite large . Either way if you like it keep it.

  • TreadukTreaduk Posts: 42

    That could be it!  If I remember correctly (I'm at work now), the leaves do look cylindrical rather than triangular.  We're also quite close to marshland so I don't suppose it had far to travel before making itself at home in the front garden.

    There's a part-shade, damp spot in the corner of the garden I think it might like, so will put it there and hopefully it will survive the move!

    Thanks all for your help, very much appreciated.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,366

    Those often turn up in seed pots here.



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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