Common Club-rush - Schoenoplectus lacustris


Tall to 300 cm with creeping rhizomes bearing stout rounded green stems. Inflorescence is a loose cluster of branches bearing clusters of red/brown spikelets, sometimes as dense heads.

Identification difficulty

By freshwater rivers, lakes and ponds.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in suitable locations but more common in central and southern England than elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in suitable locations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 94 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map