Stumped

Asked August 17, 2017, 5:50 PM EDT

Can you identify this plant, Thank you

New York nutsedge nutsedge control yellow nutsedge

1 Response

This is yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), a member of the sedge family. Nutsedge's triangular stem is one of the main clues that this is not a grass -- grasses have round stems. Nutsedge is a perennial, plant that reproduces mainly by underground tubers (nutlets), which can remain dormant in the ground for several years. For this reason nutsedge is difficult to eradicate, and is considered a common lawn and garden weed. Nutsedge thrives in low spots and high moisture areas that drain poorly, but can occur in drier sites as well.

Additional information here:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/WEEDS/yellow_nutsedge.html
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/pests-and-problems/weeds/yellow-nutsedge.aspx