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Scirpus americana

Olney's Bulrush

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Scirpus americana (Olney's Bulrush)

A robust sedge with triangular pale green stems to about three feet. Blooms from May through September. The achenes are food for ducks and small mammals. It is common in damp and swampy places.

Additional Information:


Height
-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Needle Spike Rush (Eleocharis acicularis), Blunt Spike Rush (Eleocharis obtusa), Creeping Spike Rush (Eleocharis palustris), Small's Spike Rush (Eleocharis smallii), Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata), Hardstem Bulrush (Scirpus acutus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds