Tray of Foothill Sedge (Carex tumulicola). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Clump of Foothill Sedge (Carex tumulicola). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Several clumps of Foothill Sedge (Carex tumulicola) planted along the edge of a garden bed. 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 rounded grass-like foliage, has become a popular component of modern native landscapes due to its versatility and manageable size. It’s evergreen, drought-tolerant and looks great just about anywhere you plant it, in every season. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: evergreen perennial sedge, herb/ground layer
  • 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: unknown
  • Native habitat/range: Grasslands, oak savanna, dry slopes, and openings in forest up to 800 meters; west of the Cascades from northern California to British Columbia. Portland Plant List - yes. 
  • Special features & uses: drought tolerant

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, acidity, moisture, soil 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

Photo Credit 2: "File:Carex tumulicola kz3.jpg" by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo Credit 3: "Carex tumulicola (Foothill sedge)." by PlantRight1 is licensed under CC BY 2.0