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Schoenoplectus validusSchoenoplectus validus (Scirpus validus)

great bulrush, soft stem bulrush

Photograph(s) by*: PLANTS 1995


Height: 6-10'
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: 0-12"
Salinity: 0-5 ppt


fresh and brackish tidal and nontidal marshes, shores; margins of ponds, quiet waters; deep emergent marsh, shallow emergent marsh

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *


Waterfowl Small mammal *
high wildlife value


spreads rapidly; tolerates salinity to 5 ppt

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Last updated: 1 October 2004