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Seaside Bulrush (Scirpus maritimus)

Bolboschoenus maritimus. (L.)Pallas.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Seaside Bulrush
Scirpus maritimus

The leaves are used in weaving and basketry[74, 257]. The leaves have been used to secure the edges of woven mats, as the warp for sandals, as the warps and twining wefts for clothing, to secure the edges of skirts etc[257]. They have been used to make twined mats for the insides of houses[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is astringent and diuretic[240]. It is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, abdominal pain or tumours for post-partum females, abdominal distension and indigestion[176].

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked. Rich in starch, it is usually dried and ground into a powder[2, 55, 74, 144]. The roots form tubers at intervals along their length and new plants are formed from these tubers. When first formed, the tubers are white and starchy with a sweet coconut-milk flavour, they become black and woody with age[193]. Tubers can be up to 2.5cm in diameter[193].

    Seed – cooked[257]. They can be ground into a powder and used as a mush[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in 3cm of water. Only just cover the seed with soil[200]. The seed usually germinates fairly quickly. Prick out the plants when large enough to handle and plant out in their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
Succeeds in any wet to moisture retentive ground, pond margins and shallow water in full sun or shade[200].
Found in most regions of the world, including Britain, but absent from the Arctic.

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