Eleocharis acuta|Common Spike-rush

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Leafless tufted perennial herb spreading by underground stems. Flowering stems hollow, round in cross section, triangular at tip.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.9m high
Leaf sheath at base of stem straight across top with a small point.
Terminal spikelet often wider than stem, narrowly egg-shaped, 5-30mm x 3-7mm.
Flower colour
Dark brown
Flower time
September to April
Growing conditions
Aquatic in swamps, lake margins and along watercourses.
Commonly used for
Provides habitat in dams and ponds but will spread readily.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts frogs
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory