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Softstem bulrush
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Cyperaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Large herbaceous sedge with cylindrical stems.

Dimensions: About 5-8 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Widespread in North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World (Europe).

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marshes.

Soils: Wet, permanantly inundated organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.

Comments: This is the most common bulrush in North America. Horticultural synonyms: S. validus.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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