Stargrass

picture of stargrassRhynchospora colorata

Family:
Cyperaceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Ornamental:
Native

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Medium

Wildlife Value:
Medium

Invasiveness:
Low

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun to part shade

Maximum Water Depth:
3 inches

Plant Description:
Stargrass is an herbaceous perennial that is solitary and can grow up to 28 inches in height. It produces slender rhizomes and slender culms with leaves at the bases. Leaf blades are linear in shape with a tapered tip. Inflorescences are white, dense, headlike structures made up of small spikelets.

Fruiting occurs from spring to summer. Plants live in sand, peat, and/or silt along shores, and marsh edges.

Sources:

  • Flora of North America (see link below)

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