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Botanical Name:
Scirpus Acutus

Hardiness Zone:
Zone 3-9

Mature Height:
2 ft

Mature Width:
1 ft

Growth Per Year:
2 ft

Light Requirement:
full Sun

Soil Requirement:
Moist to dry

Status: In Stock
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Hardstem Bulrush - Schoenoplectus Tabernaemontani

Also known as Common Tule, Hard Stem Tule, Tule Rush, and Viscid Bulrush, the Hard Stem Bulrush is perfect for landscaping your small pond or stream area. The Hard Stem Bulrush can be found in freshwater marshes. It is a perennial plant. The stem of the Hard Stem Bulrush is thick, round, and green in color. The plant can get between 3 to 10 feet tall. The leaves are long and resemble grass. The flowers are a pale brown.

Hard Stem Bulrush offers a lot of benefits to your aquatic landscape. It helps to prevent erosion. It also provides a beautiful area for fish to hide in. Furthermore, the Hard Stem Bulrush offers a buffer against the wind. Hard Stem Bulrush grows actively when the soil is cold, in the spring and the fall. It prefers standing water that is less than 3.5 feet deep. It also can grow in the moist soil of various types, such as peat, silt, or coarse substrates. Hard Stem Bulrush is resistant to most insects, but may occasionally get aphids, which do not kill the plant.

The Hard Stem Bulrush has several great uses. The roots can be used to make flour or syrup. The stems can be eaten raw when they are young and supple. The stem pith can even be used as a poultice to stop bleeding. The stems also create a fiber that can be used to make paper. Stems and leaves are excellent to use for weaving baskets, hats, mats, etc.

The Hard Stem Bulrush can grow in semi-shade or full sun. Seeds readily germinate if put into the moist soil. They can be given a better germination rate by placing the seeds into a mixture of sphagnum moss and water, then chilling the dough at 2 degrees Celsius for anywhere from 30 to 75 days. The Hard Stem Bulrush can be found almost anywhere in North America but does prefer a colder climate.

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Hardstem Bullrush - Schoenoplectus Actus


The Hardstem Bullrush is a part of the Cyperaceae family and is mainly found in North America due to the temperatures being most accommodating. This species can be typically found alongside shorelines across the nation due to it being a native to wetland areas. The plant tends to bloom in June, July, and August when the soil the perfect balance of damp and cool. Hardsteam Bullrushes have been known to civilians for centuries due to Native Americans initially utilizing them as a way to weave baskets and mats. This species is known to grow rather quickly because of its roots having the ability to grow numerous amounts of stems off of them.


Although the Hardstem Bullrush is commonly observed, many individuals are unaware of what a vital role it plays in our ecosystem. For instance, the plant itself can benefit the surrounding wetlands by treating contaminated waters. There are many bird species such as the Waterfowl that rely on Harstem Bullrush plants to provide them with food and nesting throughout the year. The plant can mature at up to six feet tall, so it provides wildlife with an excess amount of material to work with when they need it.


If you are looking to add plants to a marsh or other body of water near you, Hardstem Bullrushes are perfect if the depth is 1.5 meters deep. Due to them being able to take on contaminated water, they can withstand many pollutants while benefiting the surrounding area. It is a great choice for those looking to add some scenery to their shoreline while taking in the positive aspects such as cleaner and healthier water for any inhabitants. By just planting a few seeds you are sure to see substantial growth due to its natural ability to branch out so quickly.


Hard-stem bulrush is a perennial. This will grow back year after year. The hard-stem bulrush will become big. This plant is common in ponds and lakes. The leaves will grow as big as 1 foot long. This plant requires very moist if not saturated the soil.