White topped sedge
Rhynchospora colorata is a sedge native to the southeastern coastal plain. It is naturally found in wetland habitats, and grows best in full sun to part shade with soils that are moist to wet. This sedge has green foliage that can grow up to two feet tall and dies back mostly in the winter. It flowers in the summer and attracts many pollinators. While the flowers themselves are insignificant, they are framed by bright white leaves (bracts), which create the appearance of long lasting, star-shaped flowers. This plant is fairly resistant to deer and has a slight salt tolerance. Rhynchospora colorata is an excellent choice as a specimen plant in a wet part of a yard or rain garden, or to use for stormwater control.