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Sawgrass - Cladium
The Many Attributes of Sawgrass
Native to Florida, this iconic sedge is easily recognized as the most prolific plant in the Everglades. Named for the saw teeth on the margins and underside midrib of its long, grey-green leaves, sawgrass stems can grow up to six or seven feet in height. Leaves may grow up to three feet in length, are flat or V-shaped, and measure about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch wide. Stiff and serrated, these rugged leaves grow from the base of the plant’s hollow, three-angled stem. The inflorescence, or flower head, of the plant, may be several feet tall and includes various small drooping branches or branchlets. These branchlets feature anywhere from two to six brown, egg-shaped spikelets at each tip. The spikelets are each comprised of two or three spreading scales. The fruit of the sawgrass, found within these spikelets, is a tiny, wrinkled nutlet. Considered by botanists to be one of the oldest plant species on the plant, Sawgrass is well adapted to thrive in a variety of habitats and grows well in both fresh and brackish water swamps and marshes, along lakeshores and riverbanks, and on dry ground. Sawgrass is an attractive addition to home and business landscapes; however, sawgrass should not be planted in areas of high traffic as it may injure passersby. Sawgrass is typically sold as germinated seedlings, or plugs, and takes an average of six months to mature to a desirable size. Due to the vascular nature of this plant, it is not well-suited to areas with dry, humid conditions. However, Sawgrass thrives in areas with naturally moist soil and is a delightful addition on the edges of lakes or ponds. Because of its impressive size and rapid maturation, Sawgrass is often used by landscaping professionals to add elegance and aesthetic appeal to a variety of properties.
Sawgrass will make a great plant for any water garden. It will also grow well around lakes and ponds. It will grow well in Northern America. It does not do well in the mid-east. It does not like dry, humid conditions. Sawgrass is considered a seeding plant. The Sawgrass is common in the Wetlands.