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Tray of Foothill Sedge (Carex tumulicola). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Foothill Sedge

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Carex tumulicola

This native sedge, with grass-like foliage, has become a popular component of modern native landscapes due to its manageable size and versatility. Unlike most other native sedges, it is not a wetland plant so it thrives and looks great just about anywhere you plant it. It’s evergreen, drought-tolerant and the mounding foliage provides excellent habitat for arthropods. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: evergreen, perennial, herbaceous plant
  • Size at maturity: 8" tall, 18" wide
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Bloom time: n/a
  • Growth rate/ease: moderate growth rate, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: foliage provides nesting/refugia habitat for arthropods; seeds are eaten by songbirds; overall plant attracts and supports beneficial and pest eating insects and is a caterpillar host plant and larval food source for native moths and butterflies
  • Native habitat/range: grows in grasslands, oak savanna, dry slopes, and forest openings, up to 800m, west of the Cascades from northern California to British Columbia. Portland Plant List - yes. 
  • Special features & uses: drought tolerant, evergreen

Gardening with Foothill Sedge: Perhaps the best thing about foothill sedge is that it’s one of the least-fussy plants out there when it comes to light exposure and soil acidity, moisture, consistency or nutrient density and its simple grass-like form mixes well with other plants. Plant it under a tree or right out in the open and it will give your perennial gardens and pollinator meadows year-round structure. 

Photo Credit 1: Seven Oaks Native Nursery