Bulrush

(Scirpus)

Native

Bulrushes are long grass–like plants with brown spiky flowers that bloom in spring.

Description

Bulrushes are grass–like plants that can grow up to 10 feet tall in shallow water. There are 14 types of bulrushes in North America. Green to brown, the tall stems are typically hollow, are round or triangular, and come to a point at the end. Flowers may grow just below the tip of the stem, are brown and spiky, and usually droop. When they bloom in spring, Bulrush flowers are one and a half to four and three-quarter inches long. The spikes on a Bulrush can have 50 to 100 flowers each.

Geese, muskrats, and nutria eat the rhizomes and young shoots of Bulrushes. For centuries, Bulrushes have been a popular choice for weaving baskets and mats. The long stems prove to be worthy because of their straight leathery nature that lacks joints.

Location

Bulrush can span across the United States.

Propagation

Seeds, roots (creeping rhizomes)