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Nutgrass is a sedge that spreads fast vertically and laterally in comparison to desirable turfgrass species. Nutgrass is a deep-green perennial that has glossy flat or slightly corrugated leaves with a prominent vein on the leaf underside. Flowers are a terminal radiating cluster of spikes from a whorl of leaf like bracts. Seedhead are purple to reddish brown, formed at the end of triangular stem (McCarty et al., 2008). Nutgrass spreads via rhizomes, roots, tubers, basal bulbs and occasionally seed. Tubers are oblong, covered with hairs and found in chains connected by brown and/or white wiry rhizomes (McCarty et al., 2008).
Prefers moist/wet high fertility soil, but will grow in all soil types and tolerate dry conditions. Does not grow well in shade.
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