Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)
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Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)

Berkeley Sedge, Foothill Sedge, Slender Sedge, Split Awn Sedge, Splitawn Sedge


Tough, durable and drought tolerant, Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge) is an evergreen perennial sedge forming dense arching clumps of narrow, grass-like, medium green leaves to 18 in. long (45 cm). In spring, it bears inconspicuous, brown flowers atop triangular flowering stems. This soft textured species is a highly adaptable plant that tolerates a wide range of moisture conditions including short periods of dryness. Native to open woods, meadows and coastal prairies from the central coast of California north to Oregon and Washington, Foothill Sedge can be used massed as a ground cover, in woodland gardens, shaded perennial beds or containers. It is also useful for soil stabilization and control erosion.

  • Grows easily to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm). Will spread by rhizomes and self-seeding to form a ground cover.
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in moist soils. Tolerates a wide range of moisture conditions including periods of drought or moist to wet conditions. Plants also tolerate full sun in native areas along the West coast.
  • Perfect plant for borders, woodland gardens and as a ground cover. Great for erosion control or spilling over the edge of a decorative container. Can be mowed and used as a lawn substitute.
  • No serious disease or pest issues. Keep an eye out for leaf spot, smut and rust. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to western North America, from British Columbia to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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