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
Native to Ontario and most of North America.
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
Soil MoistureMoist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)
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