Carex pendula, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Carex pendula Huds.
* Fl. angl. 352. 1762
Carex pendula (pendulous sedge, also known as hanging, drooping or weeping sedge) is a large sedge of the genus Carex. It occurs in woodland, scrubland, hedges and beside streams, preferring damp, heavy clay soils. It is sometimes grown as a garden plant because of its distinctive appearance.
It is a tall, perennial plant which forms large, dense tufts. It can grow to 1.8 metres, occasionally reaching 2.4 metres. The smooth stems are triangular in cross-section with rounded angles. The long, hairless leaves are yellowish-green above and glaucous below. They are 8-20 mm wide. The simple flowers are borne on long, drooping, catkin-like spikes. There are 1-2 male spikes at the top of the stem with usually 4-5 female spikes below them. The male spikes are 55-160 mm long while the females spikes are 50-260 mm long and 5-7 mm wide. The fruits are green-brown and 3-5 mm long with a 1-2.5 mm beak. The plant typically flowers from May to June and fruits from June to July.
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