Friday, September 23
Sawgrass are perennial plants and are also referred as Cladium. Most people get confused between a true grass and a saw grass. The main difference between the two is that sawgrass is not a grass but a sedge and have triangular stems whereas true grasses have round stems.
Sawgrass can grow up to a height of 9 feet and are comparatively taller than normal grass. It can be found in most soils mainly near river banks and is also referred as ‘river of grass’. The leaves have sharp teeth (resembling a saw), coarse textured and are really dense. Due to the height and density of the leaves some people take support of sawgrass while walking through river banks as they cover a large area. They can hold a person firm if the grip is tight.
This plant is perennial and the leaves of this plant remain green throughout the year. Cladium Jamaicense or sawgrass is mainly found in Everglades and in moist soil. They can adapt to coarse soil as well however, prefer swamp or moist soil.
This is a plant mostly found in tropical and sub tropical regions of the United States from Virginia to Florida. They have even reached the southern province of Canada.
Sawgrass plant also produces flowers which are small right at the top of the stem; these flowers are about 3 inches long. Much of the wildlife takes shelter and cover between the leaves and many eat the seeds of this plant. Ducks and geese are some of the water birds that feed on the seeds of this sedge. Many Birds and animals use the grass to build their nests and shelter out of it. It is found that Alligators also use sawgrass for their nests.
Sawgrass can be grown in bog gardens and edge of ponds to give them a natural look and match the landscape.