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Carex barbarae

Santa Barbara Sedge
  • Plant Type:
  • Grass & Grass-like, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 1-3' x 1-2'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Clumping
  • Native To:
  • California, Pacific Northwest
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Deer Resistant, Drought Resistant, Seacoast Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-9, 14-24


Carex barbarae, also called Basket Sedge, is a California native sedge with a wide distribution.  Basket Sedge is attractive in containers, and useful in bioswales to handle extra runoff from streets and parking lots.  Watch Carex barbarae in more natural settings, as it can sometimes be an aggressive grower, and take over areas.  Plant this Carex in areas where you would like to encourage wild birds to visit; they are attracted to both the seeds, and use the grass fibers for nesting material.