Poaceae (Grass Family)
A tall, thick-stemmed grass, growing to a height of 1.5 - 4.5 m.
Distinguishing Features - Leaves: blue-green, blades >50 cm long, with rough margins; sheathed stem at base. Flowers: tiny, without petals; 3 stamens; 2 styles; enclosed in scales 6 mmlong; scales grouped into spikelets with a tuft of silky hairs; spikelets, clustered >30 cm long; purplish-gray as they mature; flowering late summer. Fruit: rarely produces seed but spreads by underground rhizomes.
Native to both Eurasia and North America; fresh and brackish marshes and ditches; more abundant along the coast.
The plume in full flower makes an attractive addition to dried bouquets. The hollow stem was woven into mats by Native Peoples; leaves were used for baskets and floor mats.
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