A sedge is a grassy plant. Sedges grow all over the world, from the Arctic to New Jersey, with the highest concentrations found in wetlands. You can plant sedge in your yard, but it’ll look kind of wild.

The thing that all sedges have in common is a love of moisture, which is why they're often found in wetlands. Many sedges are fine with poor soil and limited sun as well, which is why some landscapers and gardeners are fans. A sedge looks like a type of tall, wide grass with spiky flowers. The fancy Latin name for sedges is Cyperaceae. Claim to fame: the original Egyptian papyrus was made from a type of sedge.

Definitions of sedge
  1. noun
    grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
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    Cyperus alternifolius, umbrella plant, umbrella sedge
    African sedge widely cultivated as an ornamental water plant for its terminal umbrellalike cluster of slender grasslike leaves
    Cyperus esculentus, chufa, earth almond, ground almond, rush nut, yellow nutgrass
    European sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
    Cyperus longus, galangal, galingale
    European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
    Cyperus papyrus, Egyptian paper reed, Egyptian paper rush, paper plant, paper rush, papyrus
    tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
    Cyperus rotundus, nut grass, nut sedge, nutgrass, nutsedge
    a widely distributed perennial sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
    Carex arenaria, sand reed, sand sedge
    European maritime sedge naturalized along Atlantic coast of United States; rootstock has properties of sarsaparilla
    Carex pseudocyperus, cypress sedge
    tufted sedge of temperate regions; nearly cosmopolitan
    cotton grass, cotton rush
    any sedge of the genus Eriophorum; north temperate bog plants with tufted spikes
    Scirpus acutus, hardstem bulrush, hardstemmed bulrush
    widely distributed North American sedge having rigid olive green stems
    Scirpus cyperinus, wool grass
    sedge of eastern North America having numerous clustered woolly spikelets
    spike rush
    a sedge of the genus Eleocharis
    Eriophorum angustifolium, common cotton grass
    having densely tufted white cottony or downlike glumes
    Chinese water chestnut, Eleocharis dulcis, water chestnut
    Chinese sedge yielding edible bulb-shaped tubers
    Eleocharis acicularis, hair grass, needle rush, needle spike rush, slender spike rush
    fine-leaved aquatic spike rush; popular as aerator for aquariums
    Eleocharis palustris, creeping spike rush
    cylindrical-stemmed sedge
    type of:
    bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant
    a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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