Hard Stem Bulrush

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


100-175 cm

50-100 cm

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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.

Additional Notes about Hard Stem Bulrush:

Native to Ontario  and most of North America.