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hardstem bulrush

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Hardstem bulrush in flower
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Hardstem bulrush in flower (enlarge)
Hardstem bulrush used to clean residential septic effluent

Scirpus acutus

Deciduous Grass-like

Height: 9 ft.

Availability: Low

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: wet

Exposure req.: sun


Plant description:

This very tall bulrush has tough, round stems and works well along lakes and marshes. Needs saturated soil conditons and sun. Spreads by rhizomes. Seeds are important food for waterfowl.

Keywords: aggressive, birds, narrow, perennial (non-woody), spreading, upright

Articles that mention this plant: Guidance for Shoreline Plantings

Plans that use this plant:Wet, sunny