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Cladium mariscus - (L.)Pohl.

Common Name Saw Grass, Swamp sawgrass, Jamaica swamp sawgrass
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Reed swamps and fens, often forming dense pure stands, usually on neutral or alkaline soils[17].
Range Widely distributed in the warmer and damper parts of both hemispheres, including Britain.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cladium mariscus Saw Grass, Swamp sawgrass, Jamaica swamp sawgrass


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Cladium mariscus Saw Grass, Swamp sawgrass, Jamaica swamp sawgrass
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cladium mariscus is a PERENNIAL growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

C. jamaicense. Mariscus mariscus.

Plant Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Shoots
Edible Uses:

The young shoots may be edible[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Basketry  Thatching

The stems are used in thatching[61]. The roots have been used to make small baskets[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any wet or moisture-retentive soil in full sun or partial shade[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in 2cm of water[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

Expert comment

Author

(L.)Pohl.

Botanical References

17200

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Readers comment

Mr. Todd   Sun Dec 31 2006

Are you suppossed to trim back Sawgrass for new growth? If so when? Will it hurt to do it in the Winter? What if you don't?

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