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Carex secta


A common grass of swampy areas throughout New Zealand from sea level to 900 m.

It is a well known species and it is a most useful plant for use in re-establishing or enhancing wetland areas.

Older plants in moist to wet sites, often form thick trunk-like bases 1 metre tall from its own tightly matted roots.

It takes on a yellow-green colour in open situations with the colour being intensified in the Winter.

 In Auckland, Carex virgata is more commonly found naturally growing than
Carex secta.

Carex secta grows in still, not flowing water.
  • H 1.5m x W 1m
  • Full sun or semi-shade.
  • Prefers wet conditions but will also tolerate dry shade.
  • Hardy

Plants are ecosourced from the Waitakere and Tamaki Ecological Disticts.

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