Grey Club-rush - Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

Alternative names
Grey Bulrush and as Glaucous Club-rush, Schoenoplectus lacustris ssp tabernaemontani

Closely resembles Common Club-rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris) but the stems are more glaucous-grey. It is also usually a shorter plant to about 1.5 metres.

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani ‘Zebrinus’ is a horticultural cultivar of Grey Club-rush and is known as Zebra Rush (formerly Scirpus zebrinus). It has striking green and creamy white horizontally banded stems which turn orange brown in the autumn.

Identification difficulty

species Zebra rush


Mainly coastal in brackish dykes and beside tidal rivers, however it does sometimes occur inland in fresh water.

When to see it

Flowers June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Less common than Schoenoplectus lacustris and mainly coastal, it is infrequent inland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon (but probably increasing) in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Glaucous Club-Rush, Greyish Bulrush, Grey Club-rush
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/01/1994 (Unknown)
Last record:
08/08/2016 (Jeeves, Michael)

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