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Carex spissa

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Species Name: Carex spissa
Common Name: San Diego Sedge

Resembles small cattails. Great plant for wildlife habitat. Provides shelter and protection for ducks, geese etc. Sharp leaves are good for barrier. Recommended near ponds. Beautiful blue-green leaves.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 5' H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central and South Coast, Baja
Natural Habitat: Waterways including some serpentine below 2000'

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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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