Carex tumulicola

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Carex tumulicola
Carex tumulicola

Species Name: Carex tumulicola
Common Name: Foothill or Berkeley Sedge

A graceful, arching grass-like sedge. Likes some shade and water. A cool season grower. Can be used as lawn substitute in part-sun or shady areas. Recommended for soil stabilization.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 10in. H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Gently arching blades of grass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, North Coast Range, Sierra Nevada, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Meadows and open woodlands

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.