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American Bur Reed

General Infomation

An upright perennial sedge found in the eastern U.S. Weakly rooted, with clustered fibrous roots that allow the plant to be easily pulled up.


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Species Data


Forms large colonies in shallow, slow-moving freshwater (streams, rivers, and natural wetlands). Adaptable to most soil and light conditions.


Flat (1 in. wide), ribbonlike and joined to a round stem.

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