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Sand Dune Sedge
Carex pansa
  
About Sand Dune Sedge (Carex pansa) 32 Nurseries Carry This Plant Dune sedge is a member of the Cyperaceae (Sedge) family native to the coast of western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows in scattered locations on dunes and other sandy habitats. It tends to grow in wetlands or moist places. This grass-like plant produces sharply triangular stems up to about 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall from a network of thin, long, coarse rhizomes. The flowers are made up of cluster of several spikes of dark brownish flowers. The plant is often dioecious, with an individual producing either male or female flowers in its flower clusters, but not both. Carex pansa is sometimes recommended as a lawn substitute, but it requires beach sand and regular water to perform well, and it may not tolerate traffic as well as typical lawn grasses.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
0.7 - 1.3 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Brown

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers beach sand. Soil PH: 4.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 17*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coastal strand, dunes and other sandy areas from Ventura County northward

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.8" - 71.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 2.14", Coldest Month: 40.4" - 54.6", Hottest Month: 57.2" - 69.2", Humidity: 0.33" - 17.59", Elevation: -253" - 2588"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sanddune Sedge


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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