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Scirpus atrovirens

Also called Common Bulrush

More About Scirpus atrovirens

  • Scirpus are not grasses, they are perennial sedges
  • Forms an open upright clump of dark green leaves branching from the main stems
  • Dark green culms, reaching 125 cm, develop clusters of inflorescences
  • Spikelets form small rounded clusters on the terminal tips
  • Foliage turns yellow to brown in the fall
  • Bloom Time: June to August

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario





90-125 cm


90-125 cm
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Dark Green 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 atrovirens Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Wetland (Root submerged)
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate


Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum



Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Scirpus atrovirens

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