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Cyperus schweinitzii - Torr.

Common Name Flatsedge, Schweinitz's flatsedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sands, beaches and barrens[43]. Sandy soils, especially along the sides of lakes and streams[235].
Range N. America - Quebec to Saskatchewan and south to Texas and New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Cyperus schweinitzii Flatsedge, Schweinitz


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 301.
Cyperus schweinitzii Flatsedge, Schweinitz

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cyperus schweinitzii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). The seeds ripen from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Tuber - raw or cooked[85].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Weaving.

The leaves are used in basketry and for weaving hats, matting etc[178].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a moist sandy loam in a sunny position[95, 117].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in the spring and keep the compost moist[164]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 18°c[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn. 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 spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cyperus aristatus 20
Cyperus articulatusJointed flatsedge, Priprioca, Piripiri14
Cyperus distansSlender Cyperus, Piedmont flatsedge11
Cyperus esculentusTiger Nut, Yellow nutsedge, Nut Grass42
Cyperus fendlerianusFendler's Flatsedge20
Cyperus longusGalingale21
Cyperus rotundusNut Grass33
Cyperus setigerusLean flatsedge20
Cyperus tegetiformis 00
Cyperus ustulatus 00

 

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