Wool-grass (Scirpus cyprinus): Stands Above the Rest

Plant Family: Sedge, Cyperacae

Wetland Indicator Status: OBL

Wool-grass is a brash, emergent plant of sedge meadows and lake shores.  It rises much higher than the other sedges in these wetlands with stems up to six feet.  It gives variety to the often uniform sedge meadows. Wool-grass spikelets have a fuzzy appearance giving it the name wool-grass.  It is not a true grass, but a member of the sedge family.

A tuff of Wood Grass (Scirpus cyprinus) growing high above the other vegetation of this sedge meadow.