A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants
Schoenoplectus fluviatilis (Scirpus fluviatilis)
Full sun; wet to moderately wet moisture level; soils include clay, loam, peat and sand; high tolerance for alkaline soils. 2 ½ – 6 ½ feet height, blooms in summer, brown flowers, spreads aggressively by rhizomes to form colonies.
Germination Code: C(90) or M
Native Region: Only occurs in Henry and Humphreys counties
Designated a “Special Concern” species in Tennessee. Grows on the shorelines of rivers and streams and also in marshes and other wet places. Invaluable for preventing soil erosion from entering a body of water. Forms very thick colonies rather quickly. Provides excellent nesting habitat for waterfowl and cover for spawning fish.