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Scirpus validus

Also called Great Bulrush


More About Scirpus validus

  • AKA: Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
  • Scirpus are not grasses, they are perennial sedges
  • Dark green spongy stems, up to 2 cm thick, are rounded-edged and triangular in cross-section
  • Leaves are not produced
  • Brownish inflorescences hang from terminal tips on stems up to 250 cm tall
  • Bracts beyond seed heads, 15 cm long, seem to be a continuation of the stems
  • Bloom Time: May to August

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and most of North America.

 

Zone:

3

Height:

175-250 cm

Spread:

100-120 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Softstem Bulrush Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in marshes, along pond shorelines or in 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 validus 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

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing