Carex nudata

Torrent Sedge

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



Torrent sedge grows in and near waterways throughout much of California. Not surprising, it is excluded from the dry southeastern quadrant of the state. Following winter dormancy, torrent sedge grows in typical sedge fashion - as an expanding bunch of bright green, arching blades. Over time, the bunch can be a foot wide or more. One often encounters torrent sedge growing as a little island within creeks, holding steadfastly to the soil of a long-ago eroded bank or sandbar where it originally sprouted. The tan flowers rise above the foliage in spring and summer. Torrent sedge need regular water, but does not need a moist setting to thrive. Weekly water in dappled shade would suit it just fine.


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