These are some of the most interesting plants you'll ever get to know, and yet, it's so easy to pass them by. The sedges, the rushes, and the grasses. Looking over a sea of green leaves and foliage they're easy to ignore and to lump them all into what we think we know (lawn grass), but take a moment to look a little closer and you'll find each one has its own unique characteristics.
An easy way to remember how to tell them apart -
"Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses have nodes from their tips to the ground."
Sedges (my favorite!) Carex
These can generally be identified by their spiked pods and three sided stems, however, the soft stem bulrush and hard stem bulrush both have rounder stems and look more like the rush (but they are a proper sedge).
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.