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Invasive Species: Grasses
Asiatic Sand Sedge
Asiatic sand sedge is a perennial sedge that grows to about a foot tall. It has a triangular stem with brown scales at the base. The leaves are often taller than the club-shaped flowering heads. There are small ridges along the the edge of the leaves, making it feel serrated.
Japanese stiltgrass is a delicate, low-growing grass with stems that sprawl over one another and roots from the nodes. The alternate leaves are short (3-8 cm. long), pale green and lance-shaped with a distinctive, shiny mid-rib, slightly off-center. It prefers forested floodplains but will grow almost anywhere from deep shade to full sun.
Phragmites (Common Reed)
Restricted in Michigan
Invasive phragmites (also known as common reed) is a warm-season perennial grass with a rigid hollow stem and leaves that are flat, smooth, and green to grayish-green. The flowers grow as dense branched clusters on the end of each stem that are open and feathery at maturity. The plant ranges in height from 6-13 feet.