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Common Name: Alkali Bulrush

Scientific Name: Schoenoplectus maritimus

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wetland rehabilitation

~Habitat restoration for wetland wildlife

Height: 2 - 4 feet

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most wet soil


~Standing water

~Acid, alkali and fire

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 25 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 8-10 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 170,000 seeds per lbs

Optimal Planting Season: Spring or fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grass



Alkali Bulrush is a water-obligate wetland species with a strong rhizomatous growth habit, and it often forms dense stands. This plant is distributed across the entire western United States and can be found in wetland sites, ranging from low to mid elevations. It is known for its adaptability, thriving on various soil textures. While it typically grows in standing water, it can also withstand periods of drier conditions. Alkali Bulrush exhibits a remarkable tolerance to very acidic, alkaline, and saline conditions, as well as resistance to fire.


In terms of its ecological role, Alkali Bulrush serves as a valuable pioneering species in wetland habitats, offering essential food, cover, and habitat for a wide range of wetland wildlife species. It has low palatability for livestock.



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Photo Credit: Derell Licht

Alkali Bulrush


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