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Scirpus atrovirens (Green bulrush)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens Willd.

Green Bulrush, Dark Green Bulrush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: SCAT2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A sedge with stems to 4 1/2 ft. Leaves are grasslike but broad. The terminal inflorescense contains many spikelets that are crowded into dense, nearly spherical heads on rays that angle out in different directions.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Dark Green
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CT , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: BC , NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: S. Que. to Sask. & ID, s. to GA, TN & LA
Native Habitat: Meadows; bogs; lake borders

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Short-lived. Bulrush forms a buffer against wind and wave action, thus permitting other aquatic plants to grow in an otherwise unfavorable environment.


Use Wildlife: Provides important food and cover for waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds and muskrats.
Attracts: Birds


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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