Strand Sedge Carex pumila
Native. Not threatened.
Nowhere is this clearer than in the Dune Garden, that this is a foundational plant for ephemeral dune wetlands on this coast, where it shelters many of the smaller species found there.
It is a common species in coastal regions of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Chile, China and Japan where it can also be found growing near coastal lagoons and rivers. Is also a lawn weed in some locations.
It is a low growing sedge reaching 0.4m with distinctively channeled, smooth-edged, blue-grey leaves. Delicate white flowers produced during summer are followed by robust seed heads through autumn which develop into oval shaped nut-like structures up to 3mm in length.