Schoenoplectus lacustris

  1. Wildlife
  2. Grasses
  3. Club-rush


The stout and tall Common Club-rush is an abundant plant of shallow water including the margins of lakes, ponds, canals, slow-moving rivers and ditches. Its straight, rounded stems are ideal for weaving and it was regularly used to make baskets, seats and mats. Mixed with scented herbs, it was also used to line the cold stone floors of churches and halls before carpets and floorboards became common.

How to identify

The dark green, straight and spiky stems of Common Club-rush are a familiar wetland sight. They are round in cross-section and bear loose flower heads in the form of brown, egg-shaped spikelets (containing the flowers). The flowers appear from June to August.

Where to find it


When to find it

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How can people help

Human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture and development, has resulted in the disappearance of many of the UK's wetlands. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected and managed for the benefit of the plants and animals they hold. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Schoenoplectus lacustris
Height: up to 3m
Conservation status