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Woolgrass Bulrush Scirpus cyperinus

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Phonetic Spelling
SIR-pus sy-per-RY-nus
Description

Woolgrass Bulrush is a native aquatic sedge found in marshes, swamps, stream and/or pond margins, wet meadows other disturbed wet sites.  It spreads by it creeping rhizomes in wet soils, including standing water.  It prefers full sun but will appreciate some shade when grown in hot summer climates.  The fleecy growth makes an attractive addition to a winter garden. 

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.

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Tags:
#winter interest#wet sites#NC native#disturbed areas#marshes#naturalized area#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains FACW#native sedge#wet soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#food source root#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#winter interest#wet sites#NC native#disturbed areas#marshes#naturalized area#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains FACW#native sedge#wet soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#food source root#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Scirpus
    Species:
    cyperinus
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August to October
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    The looms from July to September
  • Leaves:
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaf blades will turn a yellowish-brown in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Near Septic
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds