Carex tumulicola

(Foothill Sedge)

By August 13, 2021
Planted Carex tumulicola; Foothill Sedge

About Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)

This clumping sedge is known as Carex tumulicola or, more commonly as, Foothill Sedge. Reaching an average landscape size of 1′ high by 2-3′ wide, this plant is a California Native and can withstand drought-like conditions. During the spring, tiny stalks of brown flowers emerge adding delicate interest to this compact mounding plant.

Care and planting instructions

Plant Foothill Sedge in an area that receives full sun using an average well-draining soil. Water regularly to establish a healthy root system then reduce frequency. This variety can tolerate periods of drought-like conditions and generally has minimal water needs to thrive.

Landscape design ideas

Carex tumulicola’s groundcover-like qualities make it an excellent option planted on a hillside or to cover large spaces by mass planting.  When planted in multiples it has been known to assist in hillside erosion control.  As a California Native plant,  Foothill Sedge is an obvious choice for landscapers seeking to reduce water usage or provide a more natural look for their California landscape designs.

Botanical Name: Carex tumulicola

Common Name: Foothill Sedge

Average Landscape Size: 1' x 2-3'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Brown

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub, Groundcover

Sizes: 1 Gallon

Special Features: Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest,