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Eleocharis ovata

Blunt Spikerush

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Eleocharis ovata (Blunt Spikerush)

This native plant is a summer annual up to 10 inches tall. Each plant produces a single culm or a tuft of culms. Each culm is green, hairless, round in cross-section and unbranched. The leaves are reduced to a single, rough, brown sheath at the base of the culm; there are no leaf blades. The culm terminates in a small, scale-covered, egg-shaped flowerhead up to ½" long and a little less across.

Additional Information:


Height
2-10 Inches

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Spread
6-12 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-5

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
The preference is full sun and wet conditions; shallow water is readily tolerated. This plant a variety of soils, including sandy, gravelly or mucky. It doesn't tolerate competition from Typha spp. (Cattails) and other tall wetland species.

Good Companions
Ditch Stonecrop (Penthorum sedoides), Pickerel Plant (Pontederia cordata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

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

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Food/Small Animals