Culms trigonous in cross section, smooth distally. Leaves: ligules much longer than wide; blades 8-18 mm wide, glaucous, glabrous. Inflorescences 20-100 cm; proximal bract 15-60 cm; lateral spikes pendent, long-cylindric, (30-)60-160 × 5-8 mm; terminal spike arching. Pistillate scales narrowly ovate to narrowly obovate, 3.3-4.2 × 1-1.6 mm, ± equaling to slightly exceeding perigynia, glabrous. Perigynia yellowish green to brownish green, dotted brown, somewhat inflated, narrowly ellipsoid, 2.6-4 × 1.1-1.5 mm, herbaceous; beak smooth. Achenes brown, smooth. Fruiting spring-early summer. Roadsides, stream banks; 0-20 m; introduced; Va., Wash.; Europe; introduced New Zealand. Carex pendula is a handsome, robust clump-forming species with glaucous foliage; it is sometimes cultivated, especially in water gardens. It has a propensity to self-sow and is beginning to appear outside of cultivation on roadsides and stream banks. Its potential as an invasive species is unknown.