Schoenoplectus californicus

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Giant Bulrush


Also known as Scirpus californicus

Plant Specifics

Size:3-9 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Brown
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


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: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Aquatic)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Aquatic
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom
Soil pH:



Cover for wildlife. Seeds eaten by ducks, rodents.

Native Habitats:Lakes, near shore.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures