Herb: Nevada Bulrush

Latin name: Scirpus nevadensis

Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Edible parts of Nevada Bulrush:

Root - raw or cooked. Rich in starch. It is usually peeled before being eaten.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Moist or wet alkaline sites in deserts or semi-deserts.

Other uses of Nevada Bulrush:

The stems have been woven into mats and used like blankets.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in a pot standing in 3cm of water. Only just cover the seed with soil. The seed usually germinates fairly quickly. Prick out the plants when large enough to handle and plant out in their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

Cultivation of Nevada Bulrush:

Moist or wet alkaline sites in deserts or semi-deserts.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Scirpus nevadensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.