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Common Name: Softstem Bulrush

Scientific Name: Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat improvement

~Wetland restoration


Height: 4 - 8 feet

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types:

~Poorly drained soil

~Prefers clay and loamy soil

Tolerances: Fire, saline and alkali

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Water Needs: High

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 4 - 6 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 500,000 seeds

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch

Category: Grasses



Softstem Bulrush is a perennial, rhizomatous, water-obligate species that typically thrives in wetlands, often forming dense stands. This tall, warm-season grass displays green growth with clusters of brown seeds at its tips. It is commonly found and planted in muddy areas along pond or stream margins and in bog gardens. It typically grows in standing water up to a depth of 12 inches, or in wet soils when exposed to full sunlight.


This species is distributed across the United States and is prevalent in typical wetland sites, ranging from low to mid elevations. Softstem Bulrush exhibits high tolerance to salinity, fire, and moderate alkalinity. It serves as an excellent food source for wildlife and provides cover habitat for various wetland species, especially birds.



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Softstem Bulrush


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