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Schoenoplectus americanus

Swordgrass

Schoenoplectus americanus is a tall sedge native along the southeastern coastal plain. It occurs naturally in freshwater or brackish marshes. It grows best in full sun, and in soils that are wet to permanently under shallow water. It can grow up to six feet tall, and produces small lateral clusters of seeds in the fall. It is a food source for birds of all sizes, and provides good nesting habitat. It dies back almost completely in the winter, but dormant stems can be left to provide necessary over-wintering habitat for pollinators. Schoenoplectus americanus is an excellent plant for restoration projects and erosion control.

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Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (OBL) Obligate wetland

Attributes

  • Salt Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Deep Pool
  • Shallow Water
  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Littoral Shelf
  • Vegetated Shelf
  • Salt Marsh Edge

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation