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Scirpus acutus

More About Scirpus acutus

  • AKA: Schoenoplectus acutus var. occidentalis
  • Scirpus are not grasses, they are perennial sedges
  • Upright cylindrical gray-green stems have 3 to 4 slender sheathed leaves at the base
  • Panicled seed heads emerge terminally from one side of the stem
  • Seeds are beige-brown and form groups of small spikelets
  • Bloom Time: June to August

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario  and most of North America.

Zone:

3

Height:

100-175 cm

Spread:

50-100 cm
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Hard Stem Bulrush Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in marshes, along pond shorelines, and in bogs, in full sun to light shade. This sedge spreads by rhizomes and can be grown in water up to 1.5 m deep.


Scirpus acutus Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Gray
Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge