Common or Giant Bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)

Burreed Seeds

Seeds (achens) of Common Burreed, Sparganium eurycarpum

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.

Burreed in Wetland

Common Bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum) aquatic plants growing in a drainage ditch and surrounding wetland

Common Bur-Reed Flower

Common bur-reed inflorescence