|WHITE-TOPPED UMBRELLA GRASS
White topped sedge, Stargrass, Rhyncospora colorata = Dichromena colorata - Cyperaceae, Sedge Family
DESCRIPTION: Grass-like, perennial with showy white leaf-like bracts
To 2 feet
Light-brown and insignificant subtended by showy grass leaf-like bracts, 1/4 inch wide to 4 inches long, basal half of bract is white, late spring through fall
Fruit: Achene 2-edged
Foliage: Narrow and grass-like
Growth rate: Slow to moderate
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Water: Shallow water to moist
Maintenance: Little needed, remove old stems
Propagation: Division of rootstock
NATIVE HABITAT: Coastal prairies and marshes near the coast and inland
WILDLIFE USE: Birds eat parts of the flowers.
COMMENTS: White-topped umbrella grass is easy to recognize with its showy white bracts. It is easy to grow in its range and brightens any bog garden. The dried stems make good additions to dried flower arrangements.