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Carex pendula (Weeping Sedge, Carex)

Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Green Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Carex pendula Description

This upright yet arching Carex looks good planted informally in groups, where it can be dotted ammoung herbaceous plants and other lower growing plants, such as Hosta and ferns. It will seed naturally and come become something of a weed plant, but is a useful plant in problematic shady damp areas.


Carex pendula - Cultivation Notes

This tough UK native sedge will tolerate full shade or sun, ideally in a sheltered spot. Plant this hardy Carex in any soil, even water logged soils. Mulch every few years and water occasionally during drought. Suites growing in woodland or shady beds as naturalist planting


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Carex pendula:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Carex pendula

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Carex pendula:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

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Common Missspellings: Carrex, Carrix, Karricks

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