Cyperaceae is a family of plants commonly called sedges, which can look like rushes or grasses. There are over 5,500 different species of sedges, with over 250 species native to Michigan. They can be distinguished from similar looking plants by their triangular-shaped stems. Sedges can grow in many types of conditions, but many are thrive in wetland habitats where the ground remains wet for extended periods of time. Rain gardens provide ideal habitats for sedges, which in turn slow down water flow and hold the soil in place with their fibrous root systems.
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