Why plants decide to do what they do is sometimes a bit of a mystery.
The seed-heads of this little Carex resemble a mace - the weapon of choice for any self-respecting medieval knight.
This strange looking capsule is remarkably tough and each of the seeds inside are encased in yet another robust layer of protection.
To get the seeds to germinate takes quite a lot of effort - warmth, freezing, warmth, freezing, etc. The result is this wonderful, very resilient little plant which finds life next to a pond ideal.
The sedges are a tough bunch so once planted in damp conditions can very happily fend for themselves. Mad!
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Hardy perennial sedge (E)
Mid green, brown seed pods
Full sun, partial shade
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