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Scirpus paludosus - A.Nels.

Common Name Bayonet Grass
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alkaline marshes and on shores[43]. Salt marshes[235].
Range N. America - British Columbia to Quebec, south to New Jersey, Oregon and Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Scirpus paludosus Bayonet Grass


Scirpus paludosus Bayonet Grass

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Scirpus paludosus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). The seeds ripen from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

S. campestris. non Roth.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Pollen  Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked. Rich in starch, they can be dried and ground into a powder then mixed with cereal flours for making bread and other items[46, 61, 85, 161, 183, 274]. Pollen. Rich in protein, it can be mixed with flour and used for making bread etc[61, 105, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. This species is very closely rlated to S. maritimus and is included as a form of that species by some botanists[274]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in any wet to moisture retentive ground, pond margins and shallow water in full sun or shade[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in 3cm of water. Only just cover the seed with soil[200]. The seed usually germinates fairly quickly. Prick out the plants when large enough to handle and plant out in their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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