Sawgrass 101

Sawgrass 101

The Everglades is a massive preserve, composed of winding waterways, various landscapes, and thousands of different animals. Iconic images of the Everglades throughout time almost always display a natural scene, surrounded by the Everglades’ sawgrass prairies, but what exactly are these plants?

Sawgrass is a tall, slender plant that can reach up to ten feet high. It grows quickly and densely covers many parts of the Everglades banks. It is the most dominant plant found in the surrounding habitat. Sawgrass is famous for its sharp points that run along the edges of its leaves. These teeth can cut you upon contact – hence the name sawgrass. Tour guides at Everglades Holiday Park ensure that no one makes direct contact with the plant, also you will see plenty of it during your tour.

Because sawgrass thrives in water, it is often found in riverbanks throughout the United States. Sawgrass is most prevalent in wetlands, and is most famous for its presence in the Florida Everglades. With areas that are flooded for most of the year, sawgrass is built to withstand South Florida’s unique weather conditions, like downpours, wind, and heat.

Although sawgrass in the Everglades can harm the human hand, it is essential to life in the Everglades in many ways. Not only is it efficient at utilizing nutrients to sustain the health of its surrounding environment, but as it decays, it creates a healthy, organic soil called peat. It provides energy to migrating birds with its nutritious seeds, and provides safe shelter for animals like alligators.

To learn more about how sawgrass contributes to everyday life in the Everglades, embark on an airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park. Our expert airboat captains will take you deep into the heart of the Everglades where sawgrass grows in abundance.

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