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Sparganium americanum

American bur reed

Sparganium americanum is a grass-like plant native across the southeast. It is naturally found submerged in wetland habitats. It grows best in full sun to part shade. It can survive submerged in up to one foot of water. It produces spiky, round, white flowers in the summer that attract lots of pollinators. These flowers mature into interesting spiky seed heads. This plant spreads primarily by rhizomes and can form colonies. Sparganium americanum is a great choice for restoration projects or pond plantings.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Sparganium americanum - Bare Root - Herbaceous

American bur reed

293 in stock

$2.4250+ $1.21ea

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (OBL) Obligate wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Fast Growing / Vigorous
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Shallow Water
  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Littoral Shelf
  • Vegetated Shelf

Classification by Use

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