Carex pendula


Fl. Angl., 352. 1762.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 421. Mentioned on page 258, 420.

Culms trigonous in cross section, smooth distally. Leaves: ligules much longer than wide; blades 8–18 mm wide, glaucous, glabrous. Inflorescences 20–100 cm; proximal bract 15–60 cm; lateral spikes pendent, long-cylindric, (30–)60–160 × 5–8 mm; terminal spike arching. Pistillate scales narrowly ovate to narrowly obovate, 3.3–4.2 × 1–1.6 mm, ± equaling to slightly exceeding perigynia, glabrous. Perigynia yellowish green to brownish green, dotted brown, somewhat inflated, narrowly ellipsoid, 2.6–4 × 1.1–1.5 mm, herbaceous; beak smooth. Achenes brown, smooth.

Phenology: Fruiting spring–early summer.
Habitat: Roadsides, stream banks
Elevation: 0–20 m


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Introduced; Va., Wash., Europe, introduced New Zealand.


Carex pendula is a handsome, robust clump-forming species with glaucous foliage; it is sometimes cultivated, especially in water gardens. It has a propensity to self-sow and is beginning to appear outside of cultivation on roadsides and stream banks. Its potential as an invasive species is unknown.

Selected References


Lower Taxa