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Schultz777mr
Aug 18, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Found growing in the lawn after a few weeks of no mowing. What is it? Thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 18, 2017 6:22 PM CST
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Nutsedge. You're in trouble now - the 'nuts' are underground at the root tips. The root tips could be 12 or 15 inches from the plant. Once the Nutsedge blooms, the 'nuts' are mature; when you pull it up, you leave 15 or 20 'nuts' behind to grow new plants.
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greene
Aug 18, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Could be a Cyperus of some kind.
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DaisyI
Aug 18, 2017 6:37 PM CST
Nutsedge is a Cyperus. I don't know which one.
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Schultz777mr
Aug 18, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Good call. Thanks Daisy!
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Leftwood
Aug 18, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Nutsedge is a Carex species and also in the family Cyperaceae.

If it is a Carex sp, it will have a stem that is triangular in cross section.
if it is a Cyperus sp., it will have a stem that is round in cross section.
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ctcarol
Aug 18, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Both are lawn pests.
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wildflowers
Aug 19, 2017 8:17 AM CST
I have found nutsedge to be very difficult to identify, I've been trying for years.

There are some common varieties you might want to look at. Yours looks much like False Nutsedge ( Cyperus strigosus). Another common nutsedge is Yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus).

But there are so many other species that I've given up trying to identify mine. Sighing!

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plantladylin
Aug 19, 2017 9:28 AM CST
I agree, Nutsedge of some sort. It reminded me of Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) which is commonly found in many parts of the U.S.
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porkpal
Aug 19, 2017 10:56 AM CST
I would call it yellow nutsedge.
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Schultz777mr
Aug 19, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Wow! Thanks for all the interest, and information.
A few more clues:
The stem has a triangular cross section. Pulls up easily, roots look nodular; I'm guessing I'd have to get out the shovel to find any "nuts". Ground is quite wet, popular with mosses, etc.

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ctcarol
Aug 19, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Wet ground is where they grow best.

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