Carex panza, Sand Dune Sedge


1 gallon pot

Plant Description:
Plant Type: Grasses
Size: 0.7 – 1.3 ft tall
Dormancy: Evergreen
Fragrance: None
Flower Color: Cream, Brown

3 in stock



Landscaping Information:
Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Low
Summer Irrigation: Max 1x / month once established
Ease of Care: Moderately Easy
Cold Tolerance: Tolerates cold to 15° F
Soil Drainage: Fast, Medium
Soil Description: Prefers beach sand. Soil PH: 4.0 – 8.0
Common uses: Groundcovers, Deer Resistant
Companion Plants: Can be used with other coastal strand plants such as Verbena (Abronia sp.), Beach Evening Primrose (Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia), Silver Beachweed (Ambrosia chamissonis), Dune Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens), Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium), and California Sealavender (Limonium californicum)
Sunset Zones:  4*, 5*, 17*, 24*

Natural Setting:
Site Type: Coastal strand, dunes and other sandy areas from Ventura County northward
Climate: Annual Precipitation: 12.8″ – 71.6″

Dune sedge is a member of the Cyperaceae (Sedge) family native to the coast of western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows in scattered locations on dunes and other sandy habitats. It tends to grow in wetlands or moist places. This grass-like plant produces sharply triangular stems up to about 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall from a network of thin, long, coarse rhizomes. The flowers are made up of clusters of several spikes of dark brownish flowers. The plant is often dioecious, with an individual producing either male or female flowers in its flower clusters, but not both. Carex pansa is sometimes recommended as a lawn substitute, but it requires beach sand and regular water to perform well, and it may not tolerate traffic as well as typical lawn grasses.

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Pick -up of purchased plants will be Saturday, July 25, from 9-11 am at the CNPS pick-up location off of Broad St in San Luis Obispo. (Note: there is no actual address for this location. It is at the East end of Francis Street in San Luis Obispo, behind Rizzoli’s Auto Repair. Please park on Francis St. while picking up plants.) A sign will be posted on the street. GPS coordinates for Pick-up location: Lat: 35.266967 degrees, Long: -120.651302 degrees. Please only place your order if you are able to pick up your plants on July 25 between 9 and 11 am. There are no options for other pickup times or dates, or shipping of these live plants.