Remote Sedge Carex remota

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Carex remota, commonly known as remote sedge, is a perennial grass-like plant with a tufted growth habit. It features fine, green leaves that are narrow and long, forming graceful arching clumps. This foliage provides a soft, almost feathery texture to the landscape. The color of the leaves is typically a bright green, giving the plant a vibrant and lush appearance. The defining characteristic of the remote sedge is its flowering stems, which bear small greenish-brown flowers. These flowers are arranged on elongated spikes that stand erect or slightly droop above the foliage. Each spike consists of numerous tiny flowers that lack significant petals or sepals, appearing instead as clusters of bracts and scales. The overall look of the flowers is quite discreet, blending in with the greenery, but upon closer inspection, their intricate structure becomes more apparent. After the flowering period, the remote sedge develops small seed capsules that are initially green but turn to brown as they mature. These seed heads add an additional textural component to the plant's appearance and can persist into the fall, providing limited visual interest even as the growing season comes to an end. Remote sedge typically forms a dense, low clump with its leaves and flowering stems creating a delicate, fine-textured presence in the garden. This sedge is often valued for its ability to thrive in moist environments and is commonly used in naturalized settings, such as along stream banks or in woodland gardens, where its understated beauty complements other flora. Its resilience and graceful appearance make it a suitable choice for gardeners looking to add a natural, easy-care element to their landscapes.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Remote Sedge

    • Common names

      Carex elongata var. remota, Carex brevicollis, Vignea remota, Carex remota var. brevicollis, Carex remota var. fallax.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Erosion control - Carex remota, commonly known as remote sedge, can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion due to its dense root system.
    • Habitat creation - This plant provides habitat and food for various wildlife, particularly insects and birds.
    • Aesthetic appeal - With its lush green foliage and graceful form, remote sedge adds beauty and texture to gardens and natural landscapes.
    • Low maintenance - Remote sedge requires minimal upkeep once established, making it a convenient choice for gardeners.
    • Adaptability - It can thrive in a variety of conditions, including wet and shady areas where other plants might struggle.
    • Biodiversity support - Remote sedge contributes to biodiversity by being part of diverse plant communities in its natural habitat.
    • Water management - The plant is beneficial for managing water in landscapes due to its ability to grow in damp conditions and alongside bodies of water.

  • medicalMedical Properties

      This plant is not used for medical purposes.

    • windAir-purifying Qualities

      This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

    • leavesOther Uses

      • Grass roof thatching: Carex remota can be used in the construction of traditional grass roofs, providing insulation and a unique aesthetic.
      • Craft materials: The long, flexible leaves can be woven to create mats, baskets, and other handcrafted items.
      • Erosion control: Due to its dense root system, it is planted on slopes and banks to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
      • Water filtration: When planted in wetlands or water gardens, it can help to filter contaminants from the water.
      • Tannin production: The plant may contain tannins which could be extracted and used for leather processing or as a natural dye.
      • Garden aesthetics: It's used to add texture and motion in ornamental gardens due to its fine foliage and arching shape.
      • Habitat creation: It provides shelter and nesting material for various species of birds and small mammals.
      • Livestock bedding: Because of its abundant growth and soft texture, it can be used as bedding material in livestock enclosures.
      • Composting material: It can be added to composts to enrich the soil as it decomposes due to its high nutrient content.
      • Biodegradable pots: The fibrous material can be used to create biodegradable pots for seeding and transplantation.

    Interesting Facts

    • bedFeng Shui

      The Remote Sedge is not used in Feng Shui practice.

    • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

      The Remote Sedge is not used in astrology practice.

    • spiralPlant Symbolism

      • Adaptability: Carex remota, commonly known as Remote Sedge, is known for its ability to thrive in a variety of environments, symbolizing the capacity to adapt to different situations.
      • Resilience: The resilience of Remote Sedge, which allows it to grow well in wet conditions often subjected to change, represents the strength to persist and recover from challenges.
      • Persistence: Often spreading steadily in its natural habitat, Remote Sedge embodies persistence and the idea of steadily working towards one's goals despite obstacles.
      • Humility: As a non-showy plant that serves a vital role in its ecosystem, Remote Sedge symbolizes humility and the importance of the roles we play, regardless of recognition.
      • Support: Providing important habitat for wildlife, Remote Sedge signifies support and the importance of offering help to others.

    Every 1-2 weeks
    500 - 2500 Lux
    Every 2-3 years
    Spring to summer
    Not needed
    • water dropWater

      Remote Sedge prefers consistently moist soil, so it should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Depending on the environmental conditions such as heat and humidity, this might translate to watering every 7 to 10 days. Provide enough water to saturate the root zone, which might be approximately 1 to 2 gallons for an established plant, depending on its size. Be cautious not to overwater, as standing water or soggy soil can lead to root rot. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down.

    • sunLight

      Remote Sedge thrives best in partial shade to full shade. It should be placed in a location where it will receive indirect light or dappled sunlight; direct sunlight can cause the leaves to scorch. A spot under a canopy of taller plants or trees, or on the north side of a building where it can be shielded from the intense afternoon sun, is ideal.

    • thermometerTemperature

      Remote Sedge is comfortable in a temperature range typical for temperate climates. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit but prefers a range between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 20 degrees can damage or kill the plant.

    • scissorsPruning

      Pruning Remote Sedge isn't generally necessary for health but can be done to maintain its appearance. Trim away any brown or damaged leaves in early spring to tidy up the plant before new growth starts. Pruning is best done only as needed, typically once a year, and the best time is in late winter or early spring, before the onset of new growth.

    • broomCleaning

      As needed

    • bambooSoil

      The Remote Sedge thrives best in a soil mix that is well-draining yet can retain moisture, such as a combination of loam, sand, and peat. The soil pH should ideally be slightly acidic to neutral, around 5.5 to 7.0.

    • plantRepotting

      The Remote Sedge should typically be repotted every 2 to 3 years to prevent overcrowding and replenish nutrients in the soil.

    • water dropsHumidity & Misting

      The Remote Sedge prefers a high humidity environment, with ideal humidity levels ranging from 60% to 80%.

    • pinSuitable locations

      • Indoor

        Place in indirect light, ensure high humidity, and use moist soil.

      • Outdoor

        Plant in partial shade, keep soil moist, protect from strong winds.

      • Hardiness zone

        5-9 USDA

    • circleLife cycle

      Carex remota, commonly known as remote sedge, begins its life cycle as a seed, typically dispersed in the wild by water or animals. When environmental conditions are favorable, the seed germinates, sprouting into a seedling. The plant then goes through a vegetative phase, where it develops its characteristic grass-like leaves, forming dense clumps or tussocks through tillering, where new shoots grow from the base of the plant. Following this, remote sedge undergoes sexual reproduction by producing flower spikes (inflorescences) that carry separate male and female flowers, usually appearing in late spring or early summer. After pollination, which is often facilitated by wind, the plant produces fruits in the form of dry, one-seeded capsules called achenes. The life cycle comes full circle when these achenes mature and are released from the parent plant, ready to pioneer new territory and begin the cycle anew.

    • sproutPropogation

      • Propogation time

        Spring to summer

      • Carex remota, commonly known as Remote Sedge, can be effectively propagated through division, which is the most popular method. This is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully dig up a mature clump of Remote Sedge, ensuring you maintain a good portion of the root system. Using a sharp spade or knife, divide the clump into smaller sections, each with at least one growing point. Replant each division at the same depth they were growing before, spacing them about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) apart. Water them in well after planting to help establish the divisions. It's important to keep the soil consistently moist until the plants are well rooted and showing signs of new growth.