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- Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani. Graceful, green stems, topped with large, pendulous brown flower clusters.
Soft Stem Bulrush
Soft Stem Bulrush – Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, also called great bulrush, is native to the United States and grows where water often accumulates. Soft-Stem Bulrush prefers to grow in up to 12 inches of water. This plant produces small flowers protruding from the stem at the top of the plant. It grows well, whether it is planted in pots or in the ground, and can reach up to eight feet tall.
This plant is an ideal candidate for those who have a pond or water feature in their landscaping. Every plant can have a spread of more than four feet. Its produces leave blade that is less than 0.04 inches in diameter, and they can curve slightly on their outside edges. It also produces a small brownish fruit that is surrounded by reddish-brown scales.
Soft Stem Bulrush is a sun-loving plant.
The inflorescence of this plant usually droops or arch downward, making it look particularly beautiful when the wind blows through it. The dark brown fruit often appears in late May and is present until September. Unlike hard-stem bulrush, the stems on this plant have a spongy feeling that can be easily compressed. This is a sun-loving plant, although it will tolerate partial shade. Left alone, this plant will spread creating new plants without the homeowner having to do any work. To take advantage of this characteristic, it is recommended that they not be planted closer than one foot apart.
Soft Stem Bulrush is great for erosion control.
Soft-stem bulrush is useful for controlling erosion as it has very deep roots helping to hold the soil in place. Native Americans often ate the tender shoots in the spring while they collected taller soft-stem bulrush to weave into bags or to create thin pads for sitting upon. Wildlife love to hide their homes in between these tall plants that they use for food. Additionally, waterfowl often love to hide amongst this plant's stems.