• Image of Rowers on River


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Cherry trees, the signature of spring in Washington, bloom along the Anacostia River. Other plants of significance are those that supported a civilization for thousands of years. Among these are northern wild rice, cattail, and a variety of berries. Nuphar, an ancient species, fills marshes along the Anacostia River, and adds to the beauty of milkweed, Joe Pye, and button bush.
old Anacostia River
Pickerel, nuphar, and possibly wild rice growing in Anacostia River marshes within view of the capitol dome.
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Did You Know?

brown cattails against a clear blue fall sky

Cattails may be among the most useful plants in North America. Almost all parts of the plant were eaten providing year round food. The brown fuzzy part has shown antibacterial properties. The leaves can be made into many household goods including shingles for the house. More...