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Scirpus americanus

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Species Name: Scirpus americanus
Common Name: American Bulrush

Excellent accent for ponds, pools, or fountains and waterfalls. It's not messy but it will spread. Excellent wildlife value. Recommended for erosion control near watercourses.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 1-4' H x 2-5' W
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California except Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Marshes, ponds below 6200'

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