Carex secta | Pukio

Drainage:DampVery WetWell DrainedWet
Height Range:1.5
Site Conditions:CoastalExposedFrost TolerantHeavy SoilLoamy SoilSandy SoilWindy
Spread Range:1
Sunlight:Full Sun
Features:Attractive foliageAttractive to insectsEvergreenSuitable for Revegetation SpeciesSuitable for Riparian


Weeping sedge with yellowish-green leaves. Common to swampy areas and in standing water. A large beautiful tussock forming sedge. Older individuals form thick trunk-like bases up to 1 metre tall. Carex secta  is a well known species and it is a most useful plant for use in enhancing wetlands and ponds. Prefers wet conditions and full sun, but will also tolerate dry shade. Attractive dark brown seed heads in summer. Great for bank stabilisation and riparian planting.

Endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country. Widespread in suitable wetlands from coastal to montane wetlands. Carex secta is riparian
species.  It is often found in plant communities that include but are not limited to Apodasmia similis, Carex maorica, Carex virgata, Phormium tenax, and Eleocharis acuta.
For more information on plant communities, we recommend DOC’s publication Native Plant Communities of the Canterbury Plains

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