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Schoenoplectus pungens v. pungensSchoenoplectus pungens v. pungens
(Scirpus pungens, Scirpus americanus)

common three-square

Photograph(s) by*: CM NRCS

Characteristics

Height: 4-4'
Flowers: Jun.-Sept.; brown
Fruit: Jun.-Sept.; brown; achene (dry, flat seed)

Conditions *

Light: Full sun
Moisture: Wet
Soil pH:
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy
Flood depth: 0-6"
Salinity: 0-15 ppt

Habitat

fresh and brackish tidal and nontidal marshes, wet sandy shores, shallow water

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD DE NY VA WV PA

Wildlife

Waterfowl Small mammal *
high wildlife value

Notes

spike above flower is up to 5 inches tall; tolerates salinity to 15 ppt



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/791.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004