Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
|Botanical Name:||Cyperus lucidus 1 synonym: Mariscus lucidus|
|Common Name:||common leaf-rush , cutting grass , cutty , leafy flat-sedge , leafy flat sedge , moo-oo grass|
|Sold As:||Tube ($2.00)|
|Rush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Aquatic|
|Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Wet, Boggy, Aquatic
|1.5 m high|
|Foliage:||Densely tufted perennial herb spreading from short thick underground stems. Flowering stems rigid, triangular. 5-10 bracts at base of flowerhead, 5-15cm long.|
|Flowers:||Brown to coppery branched flowerheads with 6-10 primary branches to 20 cm long, divided into dense, oval to cylindric spikes 1-3 cm long. Many rounded or flattened 4-10-flowered spikelets; stem within spikelet broadly winged, October-February.|
A spreading sedge for low moist sites in gardens and beside water areas. Food plant for caterpillars, also a habitat for frogs.
Likes moist swampy soils and edges of streams which may dry out in summer. Full sun, semi shade to full shade.