Foothill Sedge (Carex tumulicola) Seed Packet WW


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This open, tufted sedge is one of few upland prairie carex species. Arching, grass-like foliage forms clumps that widen slowly over time by short rhizomes. Gently nodding, delicate flowerheads lend a graceful vertical element to your garden space. For that natural look, it’s wonderful mixed with forbs as a ground cover under large shrubs and trees – can also be used as an informal lawn replacement. A good soil stabilizer. This is a very adaptable sedge. While it appreciates moisture, it can tolerate dry periods once established. Semi-evergreen, deer resistant.

This is the true Carex tumulicola – beware the imposter! For years, the horticultural industry has been selling Carex divulsa (Berkeley sedge) under the name of Carex tumulicola. It’s an unfortunate mislabeling because Carex divulsa is an invasive, European introduction. 

  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • Ann/Per: perennial
  • Sun/Shade: Full Sun to part shade
  • Bloomtime: Spring into Summer
  • Zones: 5-9
  • Height: to 2 ft
  • Habitat: upland meadows and prairies, open woodlands.
  • Stratification: variable. 4-12 weeks.

Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

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