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Carex pansa

California Meadow Sedge
  • Plant Type:
  • Grass & Grass-like, Ground Cover
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 6-8" spreading
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Spreading
  • Native To:
  • California
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 7-9, 11-24


Carex pansa, also called ‘California Meadow Sedge’ is possibly the best grass-like alternative lawn available. Dark green leaves are moderately tolerant of foot traffic, and are perfect between pavers and stepping stones. California Meadow Sedge creates a swirling and undulating texture with its soft blades, and only needs trimming two or three times a year. In the wild, Carex pansa grows in primarily sandy soil, but it will grow nicely in a variety of soil types, only spreading more slowly in heavy soils. Consistently boggy or wet soils are not recommended; Meadow Sedge is drought resistant, and does need to dry out every now and then. Plant Carex pansa where a hardy and natural looking turf alternative is desired.