March 10, 2016
(Sparganium eurycarpum) is a perennial herb that tends to grow in shallow waters. This emergent has sword-like leaves that resemble a compressed triangle in cross section and grow 2-4 feet. Bur-reed produces a large seed crop that is consumed by a variety of waterfowl. Like bulrush, bur-reed provides excellent habitat for nesting birds and important habitat for fish. Common bur-reed also anchors bottom sediment and offers nutrient filtering capabilities.