Carex pendula

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Photo: 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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Carex pendula Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Carex pendula (hanging sedge) growth habit. Photo: &#169 2015 Neal Kramer
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    Carex pendula (hanging sedge) inflorescence. Photo: &#169 2015 Neal Kramer
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    Carex pendula (hanging sedge) leaves and roots. Photo: &#169 2015 Neal Kramer