Grows in wet places. Round stalks (often dyed) were used in interior mat construction. Leaves used in making twine.
Grows in wet places or in swamps. Triangular stem with 'foxtail' shaped flower. Leaves similar to Bulrush used for making thin twine.
Grows in dry meadows or thickets. Inner cambium layer of stalk used in making a sturdy thin twine (edible pods if prepared properly).
Grows in wet places or in swamps. Triangular stem. Narrow leaves used for making thin twine.
Grows in wet places or around ponds. Round stalks (dried green) were used in exterior mat construction. Buoyant leaves used for twine and small toys.
Also called Indian Hemp. Grows along moist field edges. A close relative of milkweed. Inner fibers were used by Native Americans for all kinds of twisted rope and cordage: heavy fishing lines, woven nets, finger woven bags, and thread. (toxic).
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