The reeds used for ancient Egyptian writing are also in this family
(image from Wikipedia)
All I wanted to do was find out the name of this wonderful little sedge in my front yard. Uh, here's what I know so far; sedges are confusing.
First, let's see if this link to my alma mater works. Someone up there at Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas has developed a fantastic online photo atlas of our native plants with hundreds if not thousands of images. Here's the SEDGE page:
If you look at this sedge page, you can see what I'm up against. But how can I let this wonderful little sedge live in my garden without a name?
I've narrowed it down to 5 species, but it could easily be none of these. It's funny, but I'm one of those odd people that love plant taxonomy and the challenge of working through a 'plant key' that contains words like 'hispid'. I found a great sedge key up in Maryland http://www.worldbotanical.com/CAREX2.HTM (scroll down a bit on their website to start the torture), along with some great information from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/mobile/expert/show.php?id=6930 . I also used a list of sedges from Travis county along with a list of sedges from our local Native Plant Society group. I'm getting closer to an answer. Plant Delights has one that looks very similar called 'Bonnie and Clyde'. I hope I don't have little gangsters in my front yard.
I'm deciding tomorrow what to call the it. I just hope it has a cool name.