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Scirpus atrovirens

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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

Height: 4'-6'

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

Scirpus atrovirens (green bulrush)
  • Scirpus atrovirens (green bulrush)
  • Scirpus atrovirens (green bulrush)

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Description

Scirpus atrovirens

Also known as:

green bulrush

,

dark green bulrush

,

common bulrush

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Scirpus atrovirens is easily propagated by division or from seed.

Additional Notes

The seeds are a good of food and shelter for birds. Plants are considered deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae Sedge family
Genus Scirpus bulrush
Species Scirpus atrovirens green bulrush