Carex pendula

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Photo by Dean W. Taylor

Common names: hanging sedge

Carex pendula (hanging sedge) is a sedge (family Cyperaceae) that can grow to be more than 6 feet tall and is found in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento Valley in California. It has red-brown to purple tips. It is native to Europe. It spreads via rhizomes and seeds. One plant can produce 20,000 seeds with a 90% germination rate. It favors forest and riparian and bottomland habitat.

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