Wood Grass is easily identifiable. It has long and flat leaves, and the large panicles are plume-like. It is a perennial grass that can reach one to two feet in height. This grass is highly sought after to be used as hay for animals and farming. Wood Grass maintains a beautiful medium green color and is a hairless grass. This is a lovely photographic grass during the autumn months as the ends turn into a wheat colored brown, oblong-shaped grain. Wood Grass can be used as a decorative accent to landscape design and looks stunning along walkways with flowers incorporated to add color contrast. Wood Grass thrives best in shaded areas.
The wool grass is also known as Scirpus cyperinus. This plant originates from the Sedge family, and it contains a tuft comprising of sterile shoots. The wool grass is tall in nature with leafy shoots that possess stout culms with terminal inflorescences. Wool grass grows in dense tussocks dominated by arching basal leaves. The plants produce upright and unbranched culms comprising ascending medium leaves that are a green color. In summers, these culms receive toppings of dark green rounded inflorescences. This plant is a clumping bulrush dominating wet areas. It is beneficial to wildlife in addition to being an excellent stabilizer for soil.
The beautiful golden brown branches of seed clusters appear next. The achene seed of wool grass comprises of unique bristles known to give the heads of the grain a wooly appearance bordering an attractive look. This combination is too harsh for young manicured gardens. It, therefore, means that the tenacious roots, as well as rhizomes of the wool grass, work correctly with restoration projects, soggy sites possessing erosion issues as well as rain gardens. The wool grass is native to the southern Canadian provinces. It also vastly extends to the United States of America. This species of plant is adamant in the Northeast area of the Coastal Plain.
The blades of the leaves have a medium green color with indented longitudes. The sheaths of the leaves are medium green, veined longitudinally and closed. The leaves of the shoots are similar be it infertile or fertile. The lush leaves are, however, smaller compared to the sterile fronds. The habitats of wool grass include sandy to non-sandy wetlands, meadows found in the sedge, marshes, swamps, shorelines, and ditches.