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Bulrush offers Natural Waterside Beauty

We all know about the store of Baby Moses being hidden in the bulrushes and found by the pharaoh's daughter, but not many people know just what kind of plant a bulrush is. Many people somehow equate bulrushes with cattails, but even though both plants grow in swampy places or shallow water, they are two distinct species.

Growing Bulrush

The bulrush belongs to the family of sedges and is a much slower-growing plant than cattails because bulrushes do not produce seeds and proliferate by underground rhizomes. The bulrushes are members of the Scirpus and are annual or perennial plants that can grow to as much as 10 feet tall, though most are much shorter. The bulrushes are divided into two groups, the soft-stem bulrushes, and the hard stem bulrushes; However, both groups are similar in appearance and grow in similar places. They are different plants. Both types are reed-like plants with long, firm leaves. Olive green three-sided stems and clusters of small brown spikelet's are often drooping near the stem tips.

Bulrushes are prized for their use in helping negate pollution in wetlands areas and are often used in wetlands reclamation projects. The plants are also very popular as landscaping plants and will add a touch of regal beauty to swampy areas or around the edges of ponds and streams. When used in landscaped natural areas, the bulrush encourages a healthy environment by providing hiding spots for small fish and tadpoles and controlling erosion around the margins of the wetlands area. Anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their wetlands areas while also helping the environment and animal life of the region would do well to invest in this hearty and beautiful plant.

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6 Pack - Bulrush Plugs

Bulrush offers a range of benefits when integrated into landscaping projects. These versatile plants, commonly found near water bodies, bring a distinct and natural charm to outdoor spaces while serving functional and ecological roles. Enjoy Color-Changing Foliage Of Bulrush Plugs Throughout the Year Bulrush plugs have long, droopy, dark green stems that are triangular in shape. The spongy stems support spikey blossoms that occasionally sag and reach just below the stem's tip. Each flower spike usually produces anywhere from 50 to 100 blooms that range from 1.5 to 4.5 inches in length each spring. The characteristic "V" shape of the leaf blades gives them a sheath-like appearance as they round the lengthy stem. Depending on the kind, flowers can be any shade of yellow, red, or brown. The most color change tends to occur towards the end of fall. Create Dramatic Silhouettes Against Water or the Sky With Bulrush Plugs The upright growth of their long, thin stems makes them a dramatic vertical feature in any setting. Their tall stalks provide a striking visual contrast when seen against a background of water. The foliage is verdant and showy in the spring and summer, with large spikes of flowers. In the fall, it can take on a golden or brown hue, creating a cozy background. When seen against the sky, particularly at dawn or sunset, the plugs form striking silhouettes. Add Textural Contrast to Your Yard With Bulrush Plugs Their delicate texture produces lots of textural contrast when combined with the robust leaves of broad-leaved plants. They also pair well with the fluffy plumes of ornamental grasses. Their tall, thin stems and growth patterns give a sense of height and depth to their surroundings. They can get up to 10 feet tall. Achieve Better Erosion Control With Bulrush Plugs They have deep root systems that help keep soil in place. This is especially beneficial in areas with freshly exposed soil and sloped banks. A lot of people use them for wetland reclamation projects. When grown in clusters or rows, these plants act as wind barriers, further helping with erosion control. These wind barriers can also double as natural privacy screens. Another way that bulrushes improve soil vitality is by absorbing harmful metals and bacteria. This reduces water pollution, making the soil healthier and less likely to erode.

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