Grassland sedge (Carex divulsa)
Photo by Flickr user Andrey Zharkikh

grassland sedge


  • This plant has a Plant Risk Evaluator rating of Low Potential Risk


From Europe, but has been confused for the California native Carex tumulicola (a shorter, brighter green sedge). Spikes of greenish flowers appear from spring to winter. Shear flowers as soon as they begin to brown with age to prevent aggressive reseeding. Calflora shows its current distribution in California outside of cultivation.

Consider using Carex tumulicola instead, and be sure when shopping that you are getting the species you are looking for and not its lookalike.

Why is this plant not included on the invasive plant list?

Carex divulsa was included as a candidate plant in the 2014 and 2015 nursery surveys. It was found at 6% of nurseries in 2014 and 6.5% of nurseries in 2015. When it was surveyed for, it had a High Risk PRE score. When the method for answering some PRE questions was updated, the plant was re-evaluated and had a Low Risk rating. It still does self-sow in the garden and should not be used in wildland revegetation.

Additional photos of grassland sedge (Carex divulsa)