What is This Grassy Plant?

by Ivylore
This grassy looking plant is popping up all over my garden- is it a weed? I like the interesting look
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  13 answers
  • Marlene Marlene on Sep 02, 2013
    It's common name is nutsedge. I'm not sure about its botanical name. It is a very invasive weed that is hard to get rid of. It has little tubers on its roots, the nuts. These must all be dug out or it will grow back again. I'm strictly organic, I pull and dig them. I've been told that Round Up works but I don't recommend it.

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    • Judy Judy on Sep 04, 2013
      @Ivylore Easier said than done....dig it instead of pulling it & be sure to get the "nut" attached to the roots or it will come back. Keep an eye out for it in that area & don't let it spread! It's extremely difficult to get rid of!

  • Nancy Hand Nancy Hand on Sep 02, 2013
    Yes it is a weed. Pull it and throw it away so it won't grow in your bed or lawn.

  • Kathy C Kathy C on Sep 04, 2013
    As much as I hate to use non-organic sprays in my yard in Virginia, I did resort to Round-Up on this one. It's a devil to get rid of but Round-Up worked.

  • Alice Harley-Wosnig Alice Harley-Wosnig on Sep 04, 2013
    Do the they stick in your feet when they dry? I thought it looked like a sandspur

  • Ivylore Ivylore on Sep 04, 2013
    No, I don't think so.

  • Jane Kelly Jane Kelly on Sep 04, 2013
    Nutsedge is very hard to get rid of...when pulling it, if you don't get the little bulbs on the end - it will multiply faster than you can pull it! There is a special spray for nutsedge - but if you have it around other plants, you can't use the spray (or round up for that matter). We've got it bad in the midwest this year!

  • Teresa A Teresa A on Sep 04, 2013
    Pulling this weed stimulates it's growth. You must use a herbicide designed specifically to kill it.

  • Pam Oleson-Kremer Pam Oleson-Kremer on Sep 04, 2013
    This is an incredibly invasive plant. It came in with a lily that I got from a friend and never left - 10 years and still coming up here and there.

  • Judy Judy on Sep 04, 2013
    My MIL gave me some plants from her garden once, years ago & among them was some "ornamental grass". Hubs brought it all home & laid it down in the front yard. I went out to look & said "That's not ornamental grass, that's nutsedge, please destroy it immediately. He took it out to the burn pile but too late. 5 minutes sitting on the ground out front & a few months later there emerged a nutsedge plant. I dug & destroyed it. The following year it was back. I sprayed it & it wilted nicely. Next year, back again. I sprayed, waited for it to die back & dug the roots....next year, back again. Finally, after 5 or 6 years of digging it as soon as I saw it coming up, this year it didn't re-emerge. Whew!

  • Silvan Johnson Silvan Johnson on Sep 05, 2013
    I'm glad this was posted! We removed an old inground pool from our back yard last year and had a couple loads of dirt brought in to level it out...now I have these all over, when we never had them before! Looks like i"ll be doing a LOT of pulling.

  • Rebecca B Rebecca B on Sep 19, 2013
    It is definitely nutsedge. My garden was filled with them after I tilled them under. I was unaware that they will spread if the nutsedge is cut or chopped in small pieces. I tried the vinegar & salt method of weed killing plus covering them with cardboard to shut out the sunlight. Those methods did not work. I even tried using Round-Up with little success. I had to resort to using a herbicide designed to kill nutsedge called Gordon's TRIMEC nutsedge killer. Good luck in getting this weed out of your garden!

  • Robin Johnson Robin Johnson on Sep 19, 2013
    I had this stuff, thought it was a flower...NOT LOL.

  • Judy Judy on Sep 20, 2013
    Just one more thing...the root has a "nut" attached to it, hence the name Nutsedge. Pulling will not get rid of it because it will leave the nut behind, which will sprout into a new plant the following year, Dig it instead of pulling & try to get the nut along with the roots.