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Carex pansa is a species of sedge known by the common names: Sand dune sedge; California meadow sedge; Pacific dune sedge. It is native to coast of Western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows in dunes and other sandy habitat. This grasslike sedge produces sharply triangular stems up to about 10-20 centimeters tall from a network of thin, long, coarse rhizomes. The inflorescence is a cluster of several spikes of dark brownish flowers. The plant is often dioecious, with an individual producing either male or female flowers in its inflorescences, but not both. This sedge is sometimes used as a grass substitute in local landscaping schemes.
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I received this sedge from Greenlee Nursery as Carex pansa, and others in
the industry have keyed their stock from the same source as Carex praegracilis.
Based on some research, both are or can be so similar, they have both been
sold interchangeably as "California Meadow Sedge" or "California
Field Sedge", but the reality is, "plants identified by Carex
specialists as C. praegracilis show so much variation among themselves that
the validity of C. pansa as a species must be judged as doubtful.” - See
Based on personal experience and research, I can see a difference, and feel my stock may be closer related to the expected characteristics of "C. pansa".