Genotype: Superior Township, Washtenaw County.
Indigenous interactions: Indigenous people used bulrushes in general for a wide range of uses that include food, basketry, cordage, weaving, mats, roofing material, and children's games and toys (Moerman, 1998).
This tall wetland sedge produces attractive cocoa-colored seed clusters. Tolerates flooding and standing water. Host plant for several moths. Deer resistant. Too aggressive for a small rain garden, but the extensive root system offers good erosion control and stormwater management. Bulrushes as a group provide food for water birds, voles, and muskrats. Sedges (and grasses) were the onetime preferred food for Michigan mammoths.