I got this picture while I was out scouting for wild edibles last week, I loved the way the head of this marsh grass looked against the sky. In this area, you will find this particular grass growing almost anywhere there is water, I have been out trying to find a place where I can pick cattails, but everywhere I go is just packed solid with this marsh grass. I decided to do some research on this and found out its technical name is Phragmites, and it appears that it is an invasive species (Which doesn’t surprise me with how prevalent it is here).
I was a bit surprised to find out however that this is a wild edible, I haven’t taken the time yet to try it, but I will in the near future. From my research it appears the new shoots are edible in the spring (you peel off the hard outer layer, and the inner part is edible), and the roots of it are edible as well.
If you didn’t recognize it from the shot above, here is a picture that shows the full plant. Looking back, this marsh grass has made it into a picture of the day before, it is the tall grass you can see in the background on my very first picture of the week I did on the blog here (http://www.kd8itx.com/blog/2010/05/picture-of-the-week/).