Pendulous (Weeping) Sedge

Carex pendula

Pendulous (Weeping) Sedge

Carex pendula
A really lovely hanging sedge, perfect for the edge of the pond!
Pendulous Sedge makes a great plant for the edge of the larger garden pond or stream. The hanging spikes are very conspicuous in the summer. This plant is evergreen but if you want to see the new shoots to best advantage you should cut the foliage back to about 10 cm in spring. A decorative, fairly large perennial, suitable for marshy soil.
Carex pendula belongs with the cypress grasses (Cyperaceae).
Pendulous Sedge can also go in shallow water (up to 40 cm deep).
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Pendulous (Weeping) Sedge
Pendulous (Weeping) Sedge
Latin name: Carex pendula
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 100% growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Sun
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: May - July
Growing Height: 100 - 150 cm
Planting depth: 15 cm

Hanging, creeping or pendulous sedge (Carex pendula) will thrive best in a pond basket. Line its basket first with sacking and use a special pond medium to plant it in. Once you've planted your hanging sedge, (Carex pendula) cover it with more of the same medium then fold in the extra sacking around it. Cover with grit or pebbles. Place the basket just under the water level (no deeper than 40 cm). If your pond doesn't have a shallow edge, just stand the basket on one or two bricks to the right depth. Full sun.
If your pond or stream edge is swampy all year round, this plant will be quite happy there too.

Mixing Pendulous Sedge (Carex pendula) with other plants

For a natural look, hanging sedge (Carex pendula) will look just great with other low growing plants like the bog pimpernel (Anagallis tenella) or moneywort (Lysimachia numularia). Hanging sedge will also thrive in a large, watertight planter of some sort, with pond medium under the water.


Pendulous Sedge (Carex pendula) is an aquatic that requires little or no maintenance. Usually evergreen but after a severe winter it can look a bit tired and withered. Cut back the unsightly leaves to about 10 cm to give room for the new growth. If the clump becomes too large for its spot, remove your pendulous sedge (Carex pendula) from your pond and divide it into smaller pieces. Choose the best and only replant a couple of the pieces.

Pendulous Sedge (Carex pendula) in winter

Hanging (pendulous) sedge (Carex pendula) is good and hardy but plants that have been planted in a pot can freeze. Protect your potted sedge - bring indoors and store it cool but frost-free.


Pendulous Sedge (Carex pendula) grows wild in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Grows with triangular stems bearing pretty greenish-brown, hanging flower spikes - very decorative.
This variety is classified under Cyperaceae.

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