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Native Wetland Plants

Sparganium americanum

Lesser bur-reed

More About Lesser bur-reed

Sparganium americanum, Lesser bur-reed, is one of several native species of this distinctive native plant. Though looking like grasses or sedges, they are neither, being in their own family (Sparganiaceae). Sparganium americanum is smaller, reaching about 2'. The Great bur-Reed, S. eurycarpum, can reach 7' tall. The "burs" are soft-prickly and not dangerous. Do no confuse them with the unrelated Sandspurs (Cenchrus sp.). Lesser bur-reed grows in shallow water or flooded soils. Several animals feed on both their seeds and leaves. Waterfowl enjoy the seeds. In addition to providing food and habitat, these plants are one of many species useful for improving or maintaining water quality by absorbing nutrients and stabilizing muddy areas.

Bloom Color

Green

Sparganium americanum Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Attributes
Dried Flower
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Great Foliage
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Ornamental Flower
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
8
9