White-topped Sedge

By William T. Hathaway

White-topped Sedge (Dichromena latifolia)

The numerous sedges found throughout the Piedmont areas of Virginia and North Carolina produce dull-colored flowers. It is no surprise when daisy-like flowers are seen scattered along ditches and sand flats in the coastal plains of North Carolina; however, it is astonishing when on close examination, these so-called flowers turned out not to be flowers at all — but colorful leaf-bracts of the White-topped Sedge. Of course, only students of botany are amazed by such a revelation.