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Carex pansa

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Species Name: Carex pansa
Common Name: Sand Dune Sedge

Needs sharp drainage and regular water. Beautiful creeping habit, perfect for coastal garden.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 6-8in. H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Low, creeping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Coastal sand below 30'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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