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Scirpus validus (soft-stemmed bulrush)
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Scirpus validus

soft-stemmed bulrush

(syn. Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

Obligate wetland plant for inland shallow waters, non-tidal marshes and wildlife. Large triangular dark green stems with brownish inflorescences hang pendulously from spring to fall. Stems are unusually spongy. Emergent aquatic.

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6-8 Feet


4-5 Feet


18-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

soft-stemmed bulrush Interesting Notes

Soft-stem bulrush grows in marshes, along lake and stream shores, and in wet meadows. It grows in fresh or brackish water [5,16,23]. Soils are usually poorly-drained [5], or continually saturated [12]. Soft-stem bulrush grows in silty or peaty soils [18]. Under greenhouse conditions soft-stem bulrush produced more aboveground biomass in silty clay soils than in clay or sand alone [1]. Below ground biomass was equal in silty clays and clays, and lower in sandy soils. Soft-stem bulrush seems to grow better in saline conditions than in fresh water, and it tolerates a wide range of salinity.


Native American Uses
Food: Roots eaten by Chippewa. Pollen, young shoots, and seeds are also edible.Technology: Using twining and under-over techniques, fine mats and bags were woven from the leaves and stalks. The fine mats were used inside the wigwam to cover the lower walls, or for sitting and eating upon. Native Tech

Sedges have edges. The rule to remember in identifying members of Cyperaceae - and although those edges are sometime pretty subtle, it holds true for our native species. Native Plants of Montera Mountain

Scirpus validus Growing and Maintenance Tips

S. validus is an obligate wetland plant for inland shallow waters, nontidal marshes and wildlife. Found in wet ditches, mudflats and swamps. Prefers moist to wet, peaty, sandy soils in full sun, but is quite tolerant of saline and alkaline soils. Propagate by seed or division in spring. Best used for erosion control, and next to ponds or streambeds.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Grass Type
Cool Season