What does pendulous sedge look like?
Pendulous sedge is a striking evergreen perennial that forms large, dense clumps of broad grass-like leaves. Its long, slender, drooping flower spikes hang loosely. It can be an ancient woodland indicator, but is also a favourite of gardeners so may have been actively planted or escaped domestication.
Leaves: 2cm wide and 1m long. Dark green, linear, pleated.
Flowers: long, yellow-brown, pendulous, catkin-like spikes which can reach 2m in length including the stalks.
Stems: tall, bearing several slender, drooping flower spikes. The cross-section when cut is distinctly triangular.
Seeds: small and in their hundreds on each flower. Start off green but ripen to brown.
Not to be confused with: other sedges, but only pendulous sedge has the drooping flowers and seed heads. Grasses are superficially similar but have round, hollow flower stems.