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Scirpus validus creber - Fernald.

Common Name Soft-Stem Bulrush
Family Cyperaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fresh to brackish marshes, fens, bogs, lakes, stream banks and bars, pioneering in disturbed places, often emergent in water up to 1 metre deep, from sea level to elevations of 2400 metres[270].
Range N. America - all areas except the extreme north.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Scirpus validus creber Soft-Stem Bulrush


Scirpus validus creber Soft-Stem Bulrush

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Scirpus validus creber is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from July to August. 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. 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

Schoenoplectus validus creber.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Pollen  Root  Seed
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[159, 161, 172, 183]. Rich in starch. The bruised young roots, when boiled in water, furnish a sweet syrup[183]. The rhizomes are 3 - 10mm in diameter[270]. Young shoots - cooked[55, 62, 85, 183]. The tender base of the stem is eaten raw in salads[183]. The pollen is used in soups or mixed with flour and used in making bread[177, 183]. It is rich in protein. Seed[62, 85, 159, 183]. No further details are given but it is probably ground into a powder and used in making bread etc. Small and rather fiddly to harvest and utilize.

Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Diuretic

The root is astringent and diuretic[152].

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Other Uses

Basketry  Weaving

The stems are used in weaving and basket making[189, 257]. They are used to make good quality mats for use on the floor, for sleeping on and for making temporary partitions[257]. The stems are pulled off the plant rather than cut to ensure the maximum length of stem[257].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by its native range, it is likely to succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. This species may be no more than a synonym for Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani[270]. 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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