Thursday, May 31, 2012

Carex grayi

Gray's sedge or burr sedge!  Thanks to my readers who helped identify this for me!

Given the information about this sedge, I am surprised to find it growing in my shady forest.  It likes wet, but typically it needs more sun than my woods get.  But this little patch has been growing back every year, so it must like it here.

5 comments:

Diana said...

Actually I think that's a sedge, not a grass. Here's the mnenomic device: Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses are hollow, which have you found?

The fact that it's a sedge may or may not help you with identification. Some sedges can be attractive in the garden but others are pests so transplant or pick seeds carefully!

Diana said...

Ok. So I didn't make clear WHERE on the plant the edges, round and hollow areas are located. It's on the stem. For grasses this is the part closest to the ground - below the blade (leaf). On sedges it's usually easy to find.

Hope this clarifies things...

Pam J. said...

I have tons of it too. And other unidentified grasses.

Benia Zouras said...

We have this sedge. It's called Burr Sedge (Carex grayi). We bought it.

Michelle said...

Thanks everyone! Cool, a native grass!