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Alkali Bulrush
Bolboschoenus maritimus
  
About Alkali Bulrush (Bolboschoenus maritimus) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Bolboschoenus maritimus is a species in the Cyperaceae (Sedge) family known as Alkali Bulrus. This is a strictly wetland plant that is highly tolerant of alkali or salty conditions. It is found throughout California, wherever these conditions exist. It spreads vigorously by rhizomes and will rapidly fill in wherever there is sufficient water. This plant is unlikely to be used in residential gardens but could be useful if you are creating a bioswale.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
3 ft tall

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Brown

Wildlife Supported
 
Various wetland-riparian birds are attracted to sedges.

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Keep moist

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Standing, Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates any kind of soil as long as sufficient water is present. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bogs and Ponds

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other wetland plants such as Cattail (Typha sp.) and Rush (Juncus sp.)

Propagation
Propagation?
Usually propagated by root cuttings

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wetlands, such as salt marsh or drainage ditches

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.5" - 72.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 1.96", Coldest Month: 31.9" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 55.9" - 89.4", Humidity: 0.01" - 43.66", Elevation: -231" - 6566"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Scirpus maritimus
Common Names: Cosmopolitan Bulrush


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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