Outdoor Daily

Grass, rush or sedge?

My colleague Paul, ecologist, let me into the ‘secret’ of how to tell them apart:

“Rushes are round, sedges have edges and grasses have holes like a**es.”

To make that slightly more technical, we are talking about the cross section of the stem that carries the flowers. Cut across the stem and you’ll find a rush is round and filled, a grass is round and hollow and a sedge has a triangular or other cross section with ‘edges’. Largely, that is.

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