Typha angustifolia (bull rush)


Bull Rush/ Reed Mace

Typical bullrush but not as invasive as latifolia and with chestnut brown seed heads.


Typha angustifolia, also known as bullrush or reedmace, is less of a thug than it’s native cousin Typha latifolia, with lighter, chestnut seed heads. Supplied bare-rooted.

Top tip: Cut back seed heads before the seeds disperse and cut back foliage to 10cm in Winter to promote new shoots in the Spring.

Flowers: July/ August producing bullrush seed heads in September/October.

Height of plant: 40-50cm from crown, with taller bullrush seed heads held just above the top of the leaves.

Propagation: Grows from thick swollen roots producing new shoots that can be separated and planted on.

How to plant:  Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the root-shoot junction of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 5-20cm.