Schoenoplectus pungens

three-square, threesquare bulrush


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      brown
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Restoration. Backdrop for a pond. Useful for water quality treatment.
Considerations: Can be an aggressive spreader.
Propagation: Division. Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, organic material (muck), pond, lake, or stream bottom


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds and other animals eat the seed. Snails and others use this emergent plant for habitat and for laying eggs.
Native Habitats: Marshes, saltmarshes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Parts of the plant, including roots and seeds, are said to be edible. Has been used in various forms of basket making and weaving.