Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

softstem bulrush - Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani 07JL29-01
softstem bulrush - Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani 07JL29-01
softstem bulrush - Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani 07AU06

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characteristics

Dark green, slightly curved, spongy stems grow up to 2.5 m. Narrow toward the tip, stems are topped with dense clusters of drooping, brown to reddish brown, scaley spikelets with tiny white flowers. Often seen growing in colonies; spreads quickly.

Starts from seed, bare root, sprig, cutting.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 2.7 S S F-M-C W ••• - 5.4-7.5 green-dark yellow-deep white (brown)

habitat

Marshes, lake and stream shores, and wet meadows.

uses

Nesting cover for waterfowl.
Fruits are a food source for ducks and marsh birds.

North American aboriginals wove the stems into mats.

Excellent for reconstructed wetlands:
Removes Nitrogen (N2) and phosphorus (P) from water.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity