Carex barbarae

Santa Barbara Sedge

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



This robust sedge is found in many plant communities throughout California, generally in partial shade with moisture for most of the year. The blade is long and often draping. The flower is interesting for a sedge but rather rare. Santa Barbara sedge normally expands by rhizomes to fill the available space, wherever some moisture is available. The growth may be contained somewhat by surrounding the sedge with full sun exposure and dry conditions. Alternately, Santa Barbara sedge may be grown in a container. Divide the clump every two years or so to maintain a cleaner appearance.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen