Carex tumulicola

Foothill Sedge

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Regular
Height X Width: 1' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Foothill sedge is found along the coast and in coastal mountains from the Channel Islands into Oregon and Washington. It grows as a clumping mound to about 12 inches and will slowly spread via underground rhizomes. It lends a soft, flowing look to the garden. Without water, foothill sedge will go largely dormant in the late summer, with much of the foliage turning brown. It may be kept green with occasional water. Foothill sedge is adaptable to a variety of soil types and prefers some shade away from the coast. This species has recently been distinguished from Berkeley sedge, a non-native plant popular in the nursery trade.


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