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Scirpus microcarpus (Panicled bulrush)
Smith, R.W.

Scirpus microcarpus

Scirpus microcarpus J. Presl & C. Presl

Panicled Bulrush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Scirpus microcarpus var. longispicatus, Scirpus microcarpus var. rubrotinctus, Scirpus rubrotinctus

USDA Symbol: SCMI2

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

low to mid elevation, throughout BC Leaves attractively tinged with red at the base (like a barber-pole effect). Good soil-stabilizer along stream banks, stormwater ponds and wet meadows.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , KY , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field,Riparian,Swamp/Marsh

Growing Conditions

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

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:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-03-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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