Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
softstem bulrush

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Common name: softstem bulrush
Group: monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Growth type: graminoid
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: up to 10'
Flower: open inflorescence,  many stalked, budlike spikelets
Flowering time: blooms and fruits late June to late August
Habitat: fresh to brackish,  shallow water of swamps
Range in New Jersey: statewide outside the central Pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: A food source for muskrat, ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. Also provides cover to nesting birds.

The stems were used by Native Americans for mats, and various parts of the plant are edible.

For more information on S. tabernaemontani, see the USDA plant guide.