Our native grasses and sedges

This little saying helps me remember the difference between a sedge, a rush, and a grass:

Sedges have edges
Rushes are round
Grasses have nodes from the top to the ground.

Our rushes are described in the aquatic plants section.

Grasses

Prairie dropseed ©Janet AllenPrairie dropseed

It's a shame that so many of the grasses being sold are "ornamental" grasses not native to this continent.

It's also a shame that they're usually used as specimen plants rather than incorporated into the landscape to fulfill their intended function.

Sedges

Palm sedge ©Janet AllenPalm sedge

I really enjoy sedges. They add a different look to the garden.

Here is a list of the grasses and sedges we grow in our habitat garden.