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Bolboschoenus robustus (Sturdy bulrush)
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Bolboschoenus robustus

Bolboschoenus robustus (Pursh) Soják

Sturdy Bulrush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Schoenoplectus robustus, Scirpus maritimus var. agonus, Scirpus maritimus var. macrostachyus, Scirpus robustus

USDA Symbol: BORO5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Reddish-tan, ovoid to cylindrical spikelets clustered closely against a sharply triangular stem.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA , VT
Native Distribution: Maine, south to Florida and west to Texas and also in California.
Native Habitat: Brackish, coastal marshes.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Bolboschoenus robustus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bolboschoenus robustus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bolboschoenus robustus


Record Modified: 2023-03-23
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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