It's summer, you're outside near a pond or wetland of sorts, and you notice an interesting looking plant, it may have a spike-y pod, it may have an array of cottony-looking flowers, it may have an interesting collection of seeds... what is it?
More often than not, if it's green, grass-like, and it's growing, it can be broken down into one of three main categories: Rushes, Sedges, and Grasses.
Rushes are round, or rather their long stems are perfectly round and have no leaves coming from said stem. Some instead have a basal rosette of leaves which the stem grows from.
Let's put it all together, when you're out exploring and you come across a neat green plant but you aren't sure what it is, there's a nifty saying to help you remember...
Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have skirts that go half-ways around!
Now go out and explore!
Discover new and interesting things about the world around you.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.