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Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush

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Deer Resistant, Ponds and Water Gardens,
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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush is Usually a Wetland Plant

Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush: Native to North America, this plant has green foliage with a coarse texture that is densely porous in the summer and moderately permeable in the winter. It produces green flowers and inconspicuous black seeds. It is part of the Sedge family, and its genus is a bulrush. It grows with an upright shape with reddish-brown spikelets. It has a moderate growth rate and reaches its maximum height ranging from six feet to nine and a half feet before its maturity at 20 years. Not considered to be a low growing grass, it has a long lifespan. Present throughout Canada and the Eastern United States, the Hard Stem Bulrush is usually a wetland plant but may occur in non-wetlands as well.


Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush Provides Soil Erosion Control and Nesting  Areas for Wildlife


Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush does not do well in the shade but can handle cold temperatures reaching as low as -38 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant grows in saturated soil with a fine or medium texture. It does not do well in coarse soil. The ground should have a minimum of 5.2 pH and a maximum of 8.5 pH balance. It grows in wet soil and has moderate tolerance for drought and fire and is not fire resistant. The Hard Stem Bulrush needs high amounts of moisture. To thrive, it requires a minimum of 110 frost-free days. It blooms in the late spring and produces seeds starting in the spring and ending in the fall. Propagation does not occur with cuttings, sod, tubers, bulbs, containers, or bare root.

This plant reproduces using its seed or sprigs.
Scirpus Acutus- Hard Stem Bulrush has rhizomatous roots. It produces moderately vigorous seedlings and does not have a spread rate for its vegetation. Its active growth period takes place in the spring and experiences a slow regrowth rate after harvest. This is not a toxic plant and provides soil erosion control and nesting areas for wildlife.

The hard stem bulrush is known scientifically as Schoenoplectus acutus. This species of sedge belongs to plant family Cyperaceae and is native to North America. Early colonizers from Spain called the plant tule, which is derived from the indigenous word "tollin." Hard stem bulrush plants were once found along the shores of California's Tulare Lake, which was once the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. until land speculators drained it.

  Hard stem bulrush plants are characterized by a thick, green, rounded stem, long, grasslike leaves and clustered pale brown flowers. They grow from three feet to ten feet tall at maturity. In their natural environments, these plants play an important role; they protect against wind and water erosion, which allows other types of plants to become established. 


 Native Americans had several uses for hard stem bulrush. Indigenous groups made baskets, mats, hats, bowls, clothing, and duck decoys from the plants after dying and weaving them together. Some groups were even using the plants to construct houses as late as the 1950s. Hard stem bulrush has also been used by indigenous groups to construct canoes, which were used for transportation across San Francisco Bay. Some groups also consumed parts of the plant raw or boiled the unripe flower heads and rhizomes and consumed them as root vegetables.

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