Grass/Grasslike


 
Acorus americanus
Sweet flag

Iris-like, aromatic leaves.

Andropogon gerardii
Big bluestem

Native grass with variable color; inflorescence from bronze to gray blue, plant from red to brown and purple.

Andropogon glomeratus
Bushy beardgrass

Native grass with reddish leaves and stems; conspicuous bushy seed heads.  Low salt tolerance.

Andropogon virginicus
Broomsedge

Native grass, reddish stems and leaves, white feathery inflorescence.

Carex crinita
Fringed sedge

Tall, grass-like sedge with drooping seed heads.

Carex glaucescens
Southern waxy sedge

Grass-like sedge with bluish color and terminal spikes.

Carex intumescens
Bladder sedge

Clump-forming, medium sized carex.

Carex lupulina
Hop sedge

Grass-like sedge with pineapple-shaped seed head.

Carex lurida
Shallow sedge

Grass-like sedge forming large clumps.

Carex stricta
Tussock sedge

Grass-like sedge forming mounds or tussocks.

Carex vulpinoidea
Fox sedge

A bunch type sedge with small yellow-green leaves.

Chasmanthium latifolium
River oats

Grass with graceful arching panicle.

Cladium jamaicense
Saw grass

Very tall grass of fresh and brackish marshes, lower leaf margins with saw teeth, inflorescence with 3 to 4 spirally-arranged scales.  Low salt tolerance.

Dulichium arundinaceum
Three-way sedge

Conspicuously 3-sided sedge; also known as "mini bamboo".

Eleocharis obtusa
Blunt spikerush

Annual found in wet meadows, high wildlife value.

Eleocharis quadrangulata
Square-stem spikerush

Unique-looking rush, distinctly 4-sided.

Elymus hystrix
Bottlebrush grass

A bristle-like tall grass with seed heads like a bottlebrush. Grows in clumps.

Elymus virginicus
Virginia wild rye

A showy grain-like grass with heads spiked with awns, and green basal leaves.

Equisetum hyemale
Horsetail

Reed-like; stems are round, dark green, unbranched, and jointed.

Eragrostis spectabilis
Purple lovegrass

Fine-leaved, clump-forming grass; reddish/purplish seed heads.

Iris virginica
Southern blue flag

Iris with showy blue flowers.

Juncus effusus
Soft rush

Grass-like rush with stiff stems, 3 to 4 feet tall, grows in clumps.

Muhlenbergia capillaris
Sweet grass

A wispy, purple-flowered grass with wirelike and unbranched stems and leaves.

Panicum rigidulum
Redtop panicgrass

Upright clump forming grass with attractive red seed heads and foliage in the late summer through fall. 

Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass

Tall sod-forming native; very drought resistant.  Low salt tolerance.

Schizachyrium scoparium
Little bluestem

An important widespread native grass; bluish green in early summer, turning a rich tan-brown and wine-red in fall.

Schoenoplectus americanus
Swordgrass

Rush of medium height with lateral clustered spikelets.  Low salt tolerance.

Schoenoplectus pungens
Common three square

Rush of medium height with lateral clustered spikelets.

Schoenoplectus robustus
Salt marsh bulrush

Sedge with robust seed heads densely clustered near stem tips.  High salt tolerance.

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Soft stem bulrush

A tall rush with reddish spikelets in branched clusters.

Scirpus cyperinus
Woolgrass

Tall grass-like sedge with large fuzzy seed heads.

Sorghastrum nutans
Indian grass

Tall native grass with golden plume-like head, turns reddish in winter.

Sparganium americanum
American bur reed

Marsh plant surviving in up to 12" of water colonizing by rhizome.

Spartina alterniflora
Smooth cordgrass

Marsh plant surviving in up to 12" of water colonizing by rhizome.

Spartina patens
Salt meadow hay

High marsh grass, salt tolerant.

Tripsacum dactyloides
Eastern gamagrass

Loosely tufted perennial grass, terminal spikes with spikelets in pairs.

Typha latifolia
Broadleaf cattail

Similar to T. angustifolia, but with wider leaves, less salt tolerant (< .5 ppt).