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
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.
Plants are ecosourced from the Waitakere and Tamaki Ecological Disticts.