Carex divulsa

Also known as:

  • Carex tumulicola
  • Berkeley Sedge
  • European Meadow Sedge

Plant Type

perennial, aquatic

Zones

4a-10b

Size

H:12"-18"
W:30"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

adaptable

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular, drought tolerant, dry in summer

Special Situation:

heat tolerant, humidity tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, bright shade, dappled shade, mostly shade

Features

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Texture:

grassy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

Tags

broadleaf
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I picked this up in Arizona in 2003, where it was widely sold, grown, and promoted as the California native, Carex tumulicola, until it was finally outed as the European Carex divulsa. I'll bet the West Coast eco-nazi, ethnic-profiling crowd who'd been promoting its use were more upset than Mel Gibson locked in a synagogue. Despite the mixup, it is a fabulous sedge and has been a stellar performer in both our heat and humidity. Carex divulsa makes a lush, evergreen mop-top clump of narrow green foliage to 15" tall x 30" wide that is equally at home in moist shade or dry sun. The clumps are topped with tiny bronze flower stalks in late April...truly fabulous!

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Good, ground-covering grass, evergreen and happy in sun to deep shade and wet to somewhat dry soil and tolerates some mowing. Tolerant, indeed, but this versatile creature prefers some shade and at least occasional irrigation, forming clumps of arching, narrow leaves, to 12-18" tall x 2' wide with late winter to spring flowers, green turning brown. Good as a single specimen or in small to extensive groups. Frost hardy to -30 °F, USDA zone 4. Previously and still occasionally sold as Carex tumulicola, Berkeley sedge, but officially not that species. Cyrillaceae

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We favor Berkeley Sedge for its lush meadow look. Ranging from Washington to California's Monterey coast, this western native's deep green and lustrous, thin evergreen blades elegantly arch out from a clumping base and yield inconspicuous brownish blooms held by lax, wiry stems. Once established, the fast growing and versatile Carex divulsa can endure an array of factors: some drought, boggy areas, tree roots, sun or shade, and foot traffic, including the four-legged kind. However, regular watering and a trim every 6 months will ensure the most verdant growth. You can space it closely and mow for a turflike effect, plant en masse as a ground cover in a small or large area or create a shady vignette with Euphorbia characias x robbiae and Geranium sinense.

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A rich green, mounding sedge 12-18" tall, Berkeley sedge creates a lush meadow appearance when massed beneath trees or large shrubs. Found naturally along streams in Northern California, it combines nicely with native ferns and perennials like Polystichum munitum and Heuchera maxima. Remarkably tough once established, this sedge tolerates traffic, some drought, full sun and even boggy soils; it's an excellent choice for children's play areas or dog runs. Plants grown in shade have a more refined appearance. Evergreen in mild climates to 10F. Northern California.

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Canby, Oregon

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Evergreen, arching clumps of fine, grass-green leaves…12-18" tall by 2' wide. Very versatile, takes full sun in the north and on the coast to fairly deep shade inland and in hot summer areas. Typical sedge 'flowers' add interest and may reseed in irrigated areas. Tough, will grow with root competition but needs ample water, thrives in coastal conditions..forms a resilient ground cover in the shade that takes occasional mowing. Once described as a California native, this plant has now been keyed to a European species (hence the name confusion!). A pretty little green mop for problem spots in your garden, even boggy soils.

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The clumping, evergreen Carex divulsa is one of the best for creating lush, meadow-like effects along the west coast of California. An excellent, VERY TOUGH groundcover for shade (or sun), it thrives under trees - handily tolerating root competition. Tolerates foot traffic, too, so once it’s established it will take considerable abuse, so a good choice for DOG YARDS. Growing to 2’ tall & wide, it can even be mowed periodically to create a more lawn-like effect, or cut it back once or twice a year to keep it looking fresh & tidy. Though drought tolerant, it looks better with regular watering.

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