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Carex pansa

  • Common Name
    California Meadow Sedge
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    4" - 8"
  • Flower Color
    1/8" Wide Glossy Green Leaves
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Narrow Green 6" - 8" High if Unmowed
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    Invasive
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    According to John Greenlee, this is a great lawn substitute.  Dark green and glossy with tiny spring flower spikes, it has a tousled, swirly appearance if left unmowed but can be occasionally mowed for a more subdued lawn look.  It is evergreen with enough water with little discoloration.  It can be drought tolerant but will go summer dormant in dry hot areas without occasional water.  Loves full sun but tolerates light shade.  Good soil stabilizer.  It is good for dog runs or children's play areas.  It tolerates heavy soils, coastal conditions.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This grass is best established by plugs although propagation is easy by division.  This Carex is worth a try for areas where you have a lawn because of its low water requirements.  Untidy in a charming, floppy way it adds character and texture to the landscape.  Occasionally its spreading nature needs to be contained.

  • Varietals
    N / A