If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Temperate Plants

Carex pendula

Huds.

Cyperaceae

+ Synonyms

Carex maxima Scop.

Carex myosuroides Lowe

Carex tenuirostrata X.F.Jin, S.H.Jin & D.F.Wu

Manochlaenia pendula (Huds.) Fedde & J.Schust.

Trasus pendulus (Huds.) Gray

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Carex pendula is a stout, perennial plant growing from a very robust, rhizomatous rootstock; it produces dense clusters of grass-like leaves with fertile stems around 60 - 150cm tall[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
1548
Title
Flora Iberica
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.floraiberica.es
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Published in book form, the treatments of the various species have also been released on-line in PDF format. Records entered here are all from the on-line PDFs.
].
The plant has been used in the past to make the seating of chairs, though this is possibly no longer practiced. The plant also has potential for use in water purification systems and for remediation of metal-contaminated wetlands.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
1548
Title
Flora Iberica
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.floraiberica.es
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Published in book form, the treatments of the various species have also been released on-line in PDF format. Records entered here are all from the on-line PDFs.

Range

Western & southern Europe - UK to Denmark, south to Portugal, Italy and the Balkans; W. Asia - Turkey, Syria; Africa - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia

Habitat

Damp woods and shady stream banks, usually on clayey soils[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.20 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

We have no specific information for this species, but the young shoots and tender leaf bases of almost all species in this genus have a sweet flavour[
212
Title
A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
Publication
 
Author
Craighead. J., Craighead. F. and Davis. R.
Publisher
The Riverside Press
Year
1963
ISBN
63-7093
Description
Excellent little pocket guide to the area, covering 590 species and often giving details of their uses.
]. They furnish a tasty nibble and make an excellent emergency food in the wild since they are widely available[
212
Title
A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
Publication
 
Author
Craighead. J., Craighead. F. and Davis. R.
Publisher
The Riverside Press
Year
1963
ISBN
63-7093
Description
Excellent little pocket guide to the area, covering 590 species and often giving details of their uses.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant has the ability to concentrate lead, particularly in its roots, but also in its leaves. It can also grow in soil heavily contaminated wthwaste water.It has potential for use in water purification systems and also for remediation of wetlands[
1883
Title
Rhizofiltration of a Heavy Metal (Lead) Containing Wastewater Using the Wetland Plant Carex pendula
Publication
Clean - Soil, Air, Water 2011, 39 (5), 467-474
Author
Yadav B.K.; Siebel M.A. & van Bruggen J.J.A.
Website
http://10.1002/clen.201000385
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The plant is used for making the seating of chairs[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The leaves of most species in this genus can be used to make a soft, insulated bedding for sleeping on when camping etc[
212
Title
A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
Publication
 
Author
Craighead. J., Craighead. F. and Davis. R.
Publisher
The Riverside Press
Year
1963
ISBN
63-7093
Description
Excellent little pocket guide to the area, covering 590 species and often giving details of their uses.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in the spring in a moist soil in light shade. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame and be planted out in the summer. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 15°c[
138
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1989
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. Species in this genus, when started from seed tend to stay diminutive for over a year, with plant leaves remaining stunted and fragile for a considerable period of time[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
Division in spring[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2024-04-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Carex+pendula>

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.