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Sparganium americanum

American Bur Reed

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Sparganium americanum (American Bur Reed)

When not in flower, this aquatic sedge is commonly seen with its leaves submerged and lying horizontal in the water's current. Fertile plants have long erect leaves and resemble a cross between a sedge and a Cattail until flowering. American Bur Reed is best recognized by its stalks of large, bur-like flower clusters with spherical heads about 1 inch in diameter.

Additional Information:


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
24-30 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Giant Bur Reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)

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

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