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- Latin Name-Sparganium Hardy Zone-3-9 Mature Height-30-90cm Width-1-2ft Sun Or Shade-Full Sun
- THIS PLANT CAN NOT SHIP TO THE FOLLOWING STATES:
- CO, NE, NV, TX, WI
Bur Reed Grass
Sparganium, or Bur Reed Grass as it is more commonly known, is a cousin of the cat-tail, commonly found in similarly marshy environments. The different variants of these perennial grasses can be found across the globe, in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Bur Reed Grass is considered an aquatic plant, found in still or slow-moving marshes, streams, and ponds, from temperate to arctic zones. At maturity, Bur Reed Grass can reach heights nearing 12 feet, creating a refuge for wildlife, as well as a source of nourishment. The stem of the Bur Reed floats or emerges from its damp surroundings, branching out into arched leaves that resemble straps. The flowers of the Bur Reed Grass are sphere-like and can be both male or female. It is the mace-like appearance of the prickly flowers, in fact, that gives the Bur Reed Grass its distinctive name. The seeds of the Bur Reed Grass are known to collect in large deposits, or banks, in the soil, allowing the hardy plant to survive through dry weather patterns. The seeds are also an important source of food for wildlife, particularly waterfowl. Bur Reed Grasses have become a useful tool in landscaping, most often used for water purification purposes, providing a scenic, wetland vista.
Common Name: Bur ReedFlowering Time: Typically between mid-June to mid-July, though on occasion flowers may be found through mid-Sept. How Long It Flowers: On occasion, flowers do not appear some years. Flower Color: Flowers can range from yellow to green and occasionally white. Soil Requirements: Grows best in muddy soil or shallow water. Flower Form: Bur Reeds resemble grass, growing in small bundles in shallow water or moist soil. Bur-Reed has long green stalks and thin leaves that grow from two to six millimeters wide, and up to two feet long. Their leaves are small and usually found at the base, floating in the water. Males grow a single head, and fruit appears directly below the male head. Flowers can appear yellow, or sometimes maintain a green hue similar to the stalks.