Western meadow sedge

Carex praegracilis


The Western meadow sedge is a dense perennial grass-like plant with narrow medium green leaves and delicate inflorescences that grow up to 2 in. long. It is native across most of North America, including much of California where it shows high adaptability to many soil types, moisture and temperature conditions.

Western meadow sedge is easy to grow in the Inland Empire where it quickly spreads by rhizomes to form dense plantings between 12-15 in. tall and with a windswept appearance. This species is used to create meadows as well as planted to serve as a lawn that can be mowed 3-4 in. tall. Good drainage and regular water helps achieve vigorous growth; it turns brown and becomes dormant during warm summer months without regular water. It is a cold tolerant species to temperatures below 10°F.

Plant Type: Ground cover, Grass, Sedge, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Spreading, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Tan
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Loam, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Morning sun, Moderate shade, Heat, Fog, Cold hardy, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Mass planting, Foliage accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 12 in. – 15 in.
Width: 12 in. – 15 in.