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- soft-stemmed bulrushes thrive in zones 3-11 but can be intentionally propagated. These perennials grow anywhere from 4 to 5 feet in height and flower through June and July.
Here's how your plants will look on arrival. All plants are dormant with no leaves or foliage.
Scirpus Tabermontanii - Soft Stem Bulrush
Scirpus Tabermontanii is a hardy native plant that grows in many regions across North America, excluding several mid and eastern Canadian provinces. As a wetland stabilizer, it requires certain increasing conditions that are not in the northern plains and seaboard regions. However, it is both hardy and adaptable to growing in non-native conditions provided they receive adequate care.
Hardiness Zones and Plant Statistics
According to several agricultural resources, soft-stemmed bulrushes thrive in zones 3-11 but can be intentionally propagated. They are most often found in the wild at the edges of aquatic environments, growing in 0-1 inches of standing water. Their adaptability makes them a great species to include in any wetland stabilization effort or to add visual interest to a managed natural vista, such as a park or nature center. These perennials grow anywhere from 4 to 5 feet in height and flower through June and July. However, their purposes are many. They stabilize soft sediments and prevent erosion in areas susceptible to seasonal flooding or heavy rainfall. Because they are quite happy to live with wet or dry root structures, they can easily survive seasonal cycles of a rising and falling water level. Soft-stemmed bulrushes grow to their full height within one or two growing seasons.
Natural Shelter and Sustenance
There are several distinct species of bulrushes, rendering the family an anchor of riparian, riverine, marsh, and lacustrine environments on more than one continent. In addition to providing stabilization to soil strata in these contexts, soft-stemmed bulrushes also provide shelter for a variety of wetland wildlife, from beneficial insects, rodents, and bird species. They may be used in bioremediation projects, in which land is returned to its natural state after human use or misuse, since their root systems, like those of many plants, help to filter harmful pollutants from water and soil. However, they are also beneficial when attracting birds and other animals back into a region, because many marsh species may build their nests among the foliage. Soft-stemmed bulrushes are beautiful plants in an amphibious environment, but their uses and benefits surpass their loveliness. In addition to bioremediation and habitat creation, they serve as beneficial members of rain gardens, stormwater basin regulators, and erosion control in urban and suburban environments.