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PlantFiles: Pendulous Sedge
Carex pendula

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: pendula (PEND-yoo-luh) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An attractive grasslike clump-forming plant frequently grown in British gardens for its architectural presence. The flowering stems are tall and arch gracefully. Rick Dark's Encyclopedia of Grasses states it's hardy only to Z7.

There's a very similar-looking sedge native to the northeastern US, fringed sedge (Carex crinita), which is hardier and would be preferable in eastern North America. I can't tell them apart, but I'm no botanist. I suspect that they may be mixed up in commerce. Both get larger on wet soils, but tolerate regular garden conditions with consistent moisture in shade.

Propagated by seed or division.

Positive Litt7b On Dec 11, 2004, Litt7b from Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

This sedge is a moderate grower which holds up well in my winter (down to 15F or so). It only needs a slight haircut in spring. It makes a good filler plant in a shady moist area and looks great with hosta or ferns.

Neutral Baa On Oct 10, 2001, Baa wrote:

A perennial, clump-forming grass from Europe and North Africa.

Foliage is dark green, bluish beneath and glossy, the leaves can grow 3ft long. Bears a long, arching flower stem with catkin like brown flowers.

Flowers between April and August.

Like a moist, humus rich soil in sun or partial shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fremont, California
Seattle, Washington

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