Schoenoplectus californicus

giant bulrush


Synonyms:  Scirpus californicus

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-9 ft
Flower Color: flower color      brown
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Useful for lakeshore stabilization, water quality improvement, wetland creation/restoration, and as a background plant for wetland ponds.
Considerations: Spreads via rhizomes.
Propagation: Seed, division.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Pond, lake, or stream bottom


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Cover for wildlife. Seeds eaten by ducks, rodents.
Native Habitats: Lakes, near shore.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: