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    Weird grass growing with Sarracenia

    I was doing a little cleaning and repotting my Sarracenia and saw this. Last year when I noticed this growing I thought it was grass so I cut it but it keeps coming back. It looks like onions. I don't know what it is and if it's bad. Any ideas??










    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-25-2015 at 07:20 AM. Reason: Nomenclature

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    Could be a rush of the genus Scirpus.
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    It could also be one of the many sedge grasses, whatever it is it will out compete the Sarracenia, while you have it out the pot pull the roots out and get rid, they are very invasive and deep rooted.

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    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-25-2015 at 07:21 AM. Reason: Nomenclature

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    Is it sharp at the tips? I have something similar, that has gotten quite large.

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    Horse Tail ??

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    It's probably a Sedge. Get rid of it ASAP and don't let it get a foothold in your Sarracenia. It's very invasive and hard to extract once established. Trust me, you do not want this in your pots.

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    Thank you all!! I figured it wasn't good.

    -happy growing

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    Juncus, not a sedge (a rush instead). Sedge stems are 3-sided; juncus is cylindrical. Probably J. effusus, but honestly it's almost impossible to ID them to species without inflorescences (and even then a nightmare!).

    Paul's caution concerning letting it spread is 100% accurate. Seeds are tinier than Drosera and you will never extract it from your pots without uprooting your plants. The roots are tenacious.

    My secret strategy: take scissors and prune the top of the plant completely off. Do not leave rhizome pieces. If you get all the rush rhizome, the roots will die and you don't have to worry about it resprouting. No soil disturbance either. Good luck. At the very least, clip it back if you see it or any others make inflorescences this summer.
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