|FLAT SEDGE, Jointed flat sedge Cyperus articulatus - Cyperaceae, Sedge Family
DESCRIPTION: Tall, reed-like, hollow stemmed perennial
Height: To 4 1/2 feet
Flowers: Light-brown in spikelet clusters or
tassels, linear 2 to 3 inches long,
late winter through fall
Fruit: Achene 3-cornered
Growth rate: Slow to moderate
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Salty, sandy or clay soils
Water: Flooded to moist
Maintenance: Little needed
NATIVE HABITAT: Coastal prairies and marshes near the coast and inland
WILDLIFE USE: Birds eat parts of the flowers. Nutria, muskrat, and snow geese eat basal stems and rhizomes.
COMMENTS: Look closely at the stems to see nodes and cross-hatching; it is not smooth like bulrush.