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Native Wetland Plants

Schoenoplectus acutus* acutus

Hard Stem Bulrush

More About Hard Stem Bulrush

Schoenoplectus acutus, Hard Stem Bulrush, is a rhizomatous species that forms dense colonies that provide wonderful cover for waterfowl and spawning fish.   Schoenoplectus acutus will grow from 0-1’ of water and is used to stabilize pond edges. With its height reaching 5’ it also provides a natural barrier for keeping Canadian Geese out of a pond.  Hard Stem Bulrush grows best in full sun and blooms in mid summer.

Bloom Color

Reddish Brown

Schoenoplectus acutus* acutus Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Mature Height
> 4'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Med
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Food
Songbirds
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Flowering Perennial
Marginal
Rush
Attributes
Bio Remediation
Container
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Salt Tolerant
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
8
9