Grey Club-rush - Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

    Alt Name
    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

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map