Root - raw or cooked
. Rich in starch.
Stem. Peeled and eaten raw or cooked.
Stem base - raw or cooked.
Pollen. Rich in protein, it can be added to flour when making bread, cakes etc.
Seed - cooked. A nutty flavour
. The seed can be ground into a powder, mixed with water, boiled and eaten as a mush
. The seed is rather small and fiddly to harvest and utilize.
The leaves, mixed with oil, have been rubbed on a child's head to make the hair grow long and thick
The leaves have been used in making baskets and shopping bags
. They have also been woven into hats
There are no medicinal uses listed for Scirpus americanus.
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
. 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.
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Succeeds in any wet to moisture retentive ground, pond margins and shallow water in full sun or shade
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Scirpus americanus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Scirpus americanus.
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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