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Bur-Reed Grass

Bur-Reed Grass

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Botanical Name:
Sparganium Americanum
Hardiness Zone:
Zone 4-9
Mature Height:
18 in
Mature Width:
6 in
Growth Per Year:
18 in
Light Requirement:
full sun
Soil Requirement:
moist to dry
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CO, NE, NV, TX, WI
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Bur-Reed - Coreopsis

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Bur Reed - Sparganium

 

The bur-reed is a perennial marsh plant of which there are nine species in the United States. Waterfowl use it as cover and a food source in its natural habitat of marsh and aquatic vegetation in arctic regions. A landscaper would be likely to place it near pond and stream ridges. It's bright green strap-like leaves have a grassy appearance. These leaves are longer than the stem itself. The stalk grows clusters of fruits and flowers that are spiky and round like burrs with a size of one inch in diameter. The flower petals may be white. Early in the season the heads are green then turn into the characteristic brown burrs, which are consequently not harmful to touch. The fleshy fruit splits as the plant reaches maturity. This mysterious sedge grows up to two to four feet tall. A larger species of bur-reed may grow to be seven feet tall. Flooded soils or shallow water is one aspect of a healthy growing environment. Make sure to include rich soil in the wet ground. The water the bur-reed thrives in may be still or slow-moving. The environment itself may also benefit from the bur-reed as it is known for stabilizing dark areas by maintaining or even improving the quality of water. A few or many bur-reeds grouped might lend a woodsy atmosphere to a garden area. They may almost be mistaken for grasses from a distance and if one doesn't know what to look. Cozy waterfowl and other interesting animals may occasionally enjoy snacking on the seeds and leaves. Nesting is an additional benefit to wildlife for nature-lovers and environmentalists. Planting it in spring ensures the most active growth rate. This plant can handle some shade, but full sun is best for growth. The tubers, which were dug from the ground, of one species of the genus, was utilized by the Klamath Indians as food.

 

Bur-reed is a native sedge. The plant mainly is common around the wetlands of the southern United States. This grass can bloom as early as the latter parts of spring. The muskrats will love to feed on this plant.