Sawgrass is a great grass for many different landscapes
Sawgrass is also known as Cladium Jamaicense. Hardy planting zones are 5-9. Growth is a perennial. Sawgrass has thin sharp leaves. This is a sedge and not a grass. It is a sedge of fresh and brackish marshes. It reaches 6 to 8 feet tall.
The name comes from it's sawing like teeth on the leaves margins. Primarily grows in shallow freshwater marshes and some brackish water wetlands as well. Grows best in deep organic soils and it can grow in marl soils or small solutions in holes in rocky areas. Not use for food for wildlife, but birds eat the seeds. Wild hogs and bears eat starchy roots.
Scientists consider sawgrass one of the oldest plants ever.
It is a plant that resembles grass in that its leaves are sharply serrated (like a saw) along the edges. It can grow from one to three meters tall and is commonly found in marshes and savannas throughout the tropical Americas, even increasing under extremely hostile conditions. The Florida Everglades are known for their quantity of sawgrass. This plant has a cousin plant that grows in English fens quite a bit. Unlike sawgrass, beds of cladium mariscus may need to be mowed to allow for diversity in plants. Sawgrass intermingles well with other types of vegetation such as bladderwort and periphyton. Bladderwort is an aquatic plant made up of hundreds of small bladders that eats insects. It flowers white, purple, and yellow. Periphyton (pronounced pear-ee-fi-tun) looks like a wet, greeny mud and smells like wet grass. It uses photosynthesis to feed itself.
Sawgrass grows deeply buried rhizomes which allow it to grow high and dense. Another neat thing about this plant species is that it grows thick canopies. All these qualities lead birds and American alligators to use it in their nests. Ducks and geese eat the seeds for energy during migration season, and small aquatic insects, snails, and who-knows-what. Bears and wild hogs dig up the starchy roots for food. The toughness of sawgrass also allows it to weather year-round floods in harsh swamps.
Sawgrass Ships As – Bareroot Plant