Scirpus pungens, Common Three Square

Scirpus pungens, Common Three Square
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  • Item #: GP60
  • Aquatic animal habitat support:
  • Beneficial Insects:
  • Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture:
  • Erosion Control:
  • FACW- Usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands:
  • Flood Tolerant:
  • Game Birds:
  • Grass/ Sedge/ Rush:
  • Herbaceous Emergent:
  • High Wildlife Value:
  • Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay:
  • Moist Soil:
  • Native to Coastal Regions:
  • Native To Mountain Regions:
  • Native to Piedmont Regions:
  • OBL- Almost always occur in wetlands:
  • Occasionally wet soil (non tidal):
  • Perennial:
  • Pollinator support:
  • Sandy soil, coarse texture:
  • Small Mammals:
  • Songbirds:
  • Waterfowl:
  • Wet soil (Tidal):
  • Full Sun:
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Scirpus pungens, Common Three Square

The preference is full or partial sun, wet conditions (including shallow water up to 6" deep), and soil containing sandy loam, silty clay, or gravelly material. This plant can withstand flooded conditions with water up to 2' deep for temporary periods of time, and it can withstand periods of drought when the soil is merely moist, rather than wet. Because of its tough rhizomes and stout stems, a limited amount of wave action and gusts of wind are tolerated. It is easiest to propagate this plant by division of its rhizomes.

This plant is native to Illinois and it is widely distributed in the United States and Canada. Habitats include openings in floodplain woodlands, swamps, wet sandy meadows, sandy and non-sandy marshes, sloughs and swales where temporary water occurs, borders and shallow water of small lakes and ponds, gravel bars and mud bars along rivers, ditches along roadsides and railroads, and powerline clearances in damp sandy areas. Common Three-Square can be found in both high quality and disturbed wetland areas. It is often used in restorations of wetlands.

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