Other Name: Giant Bur-reed, bureed, burreed
Plant Family: Bur-reed, Sparganiaceae
Wetland Indicator Status: OBL
Common bur-reed is an emergent plant of shallow water with sword-shaped leaves and mace-shaped seed heads. The corn kernel-sized seeds (achenes) are often eaten by waterfowl and shore birds. Muskrats eat the entire plant, and the tubers are eaten by adventurous humans.