Scirpus atrovirens Willd.
Green Bulrush, Dark Green Bulrush
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: SCAT2
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Provides important food and cover for waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds and muskrats.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Scirpus atrovirens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Scirpus atrovirens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Scirpus atrovirens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff