Friday, September 23
Sawgrass are perennial plants and are also referred to as Cladium. Most people get confused between actual grass and saw grass.
The main difference between the two is that sawgrass is not grass but a sedge with triangular stems, whereas true grasses have round stems.
Sawgrass can grow up to a height of 9 feet and are comparatively taller than regular grass. It can be found in most soils, mainly near river banks, and is also referred to as a ‘river of grass. The leaves have sharp teeth (resembling a saw), are coarse-textured, and are 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 moist soil. They can adapt to coarse soil as well; however, they prefer swamp or moist soil.
This plant is mainly found in tropical and subtropical regions of the United States, from Virginia to Florida. They have even reached the southern province of Canada.
The Sawgrass plant also produces small flowers 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 on the edge of ponds to give them a natural look and match the landscape.
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