Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, clay, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Bloom Color: green, brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, emergent, fall interest, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Scirpus atrovirensAlso known as:
dark green bulrush,
Scirpus atrovirens typically grows to a height of 4' or more, with arching grass-like leaves arranged along a stiff central stem. In fall, the dark green foliage turns attractive shades of gold and brown. The fruit are produced as brown, spherical terminal seed clusters that remain conspicuous well into fall.
Green bulrush is a widely distributed, freshwater wetland species. It spread readily via dense rhizomes, making it ideal for erosion control, particularly in disturbed areas. It will also naturalize by seed. Aside from being useful in restoration projects, Scirpus atrovirens is an attractive plant that can be used in low areas that are consistently moist, stream margins, or submerged at the edge of a pond where it can be grown in containers should you want to restrain its spread. If grown in a less than wet environment, some shade is recommended, particularly during the summer months. Otherwise, full sun is best. It can be grown in just about any soil. Very cold hardy. Zones 3-9
Scirpus atrovirens is easily propagated by division or from seed.
The seeds are a good of food and shelter for birds. Plants are considered deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
|Species||Scirpus atrovirens||green bulrush|