Juncaceae: Rush Family
“Reeds and rushes are round, but sedges have edges.” There is some truth in this popular saying, but it is not always correct. Reeds and rushes vary from having cylindrical stems that follow with the pattern, to having grass-like leaves (oriented with their flat side towards the stem) or iris-like leaves (oriented with their edge towards the stem). Some have stiff leaves, others have softer, floppier leaves. A little attention to these details can help the identification process, since the difference between the flowers and fruits can be subtle.