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Scirpus pungens

More About Scirpus pungens

  • AKA: Schoenoplectus pungens, Scirpus americanus
  • Scirpus are not grasses, they are perennial sedges
  • Triangular stems bear few blades up to 25 cm long
  • Stems terminate in clusters of inflorescences
  • A small cluster of cone-like spikes grows on terminal tips
  • Bracts beyond seed heads, 15 cm long, seem to be a continuation of the stems
  • This sedge is not known for its ornamental nature but rather for its use in weaving

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

 

Zone:

3

Height:

100-175 cm

Spread:

75-125 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Common Three Square Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in marshes, along pond shorelines, or wet meadows in full sun to light shade. This sedge spreads by rhizomes and is a good choice for erosion control.  Dead stems can be cleaned out in early spring.


Scirpus pungens Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing