Greater Pond Sedge

Carex riparia

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  3. Greater Pond Sedge


Greater Pond Sedge is a clump-forming plant of ditches, ponds, canals, fens and riverbanks, particularly in lowland areas with clay and heavy soils; it is also a popular plant with gardeners. It flowers from May to June, producing stout, upright flowering spikes.

How to identify

Greater Pond Sedge has tall, triangular stems and bright green, blade-like leaves. Tight clusters of dark brown spikelets (containing the flowers) appear on the ends of the stems in a cylindrical form.

Where to find it

Common in England, particularly the east, but rarer elsewhere.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture and development, has resulted in the disappearance of many of the UK's wetlands. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected. You can help too: add native flowers and plants, such as Greater Pond Sedge, to a wildlife-friendly pond and its margins, and provide shelter for amphibians and nectar for insects. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Greater Pond Sedge
Latin name
Carex riparia
Height: up to 1.2m
Conservation status