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Scirpus californicus

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Scirpus californicus
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Scirpus californicus

Species Name: Scirpus californicus
Common Name: California Bulrush

This tall sedge forms large colonies near water sources. Recommended for soil stabilization near freshwater marshes. Excellent forage for waterfowl and mammals.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 6' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, Central Valley, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, South Coast, Eastern Desert
Natural Habitat: Marshes below 700'

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