Eleocharis sphacelata|Tall Spike-rush

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Robust leafless tufted perennial herb with thick woody underground stems. Flowering stems stout and ribbed to 12mm wide with internal partitions.
Size (W x H)
0.5-2m high, to 5m in deep water
Sheath has rounded top margin.
Terminal spikelet, cylindrical and tapering, 3-5cm x 8-9mm, narrower than stem.
Flower colour
Light green to light brown
Flower time
November to February
Growing conditions
Aquatic in still or slow-moving water to 5m deep. Full sun, semi-shade.
Commonly used for
Bird and fish habitat in dams but may become invasive. Too vigorous for small water bodies.
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