Scirpus microcarpus
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 2-5 feet; 0.6-1.5 metres Spread: 1-2 feet; 0.3-0.6 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Wet to medium Wildlife: Provides valuable food and nesting material for birds of all types and refuge for small animals in the dense growth of this plant. Bloom Colour: Brown Tolerates: Fluctuating water levels; deer Culture: Small-Fruited rush is easily grown in full sun to part shade in moist soil to standing water. Grows most actively during the spring and fall when soil temperatures are cool. Noteworthy Characteristics: The Small-Fruited Rush is a stout plant with triangular stems, growing to 5 feet tall. Multiple stems emerge from each plump rhizome which are oblong and have thick, rough skins, resembling arrowroot. Many extremely sharp leaves, in sets of three, branch from both the base and the stems and have a marked crease down the centre. Garden Uses: Bog garden; pond edge