This clump-forming Bulrush from Europe and North-America is eye-catching for its mostly rather basical implantation of the bluish-grey to pale green, narrow, almost linear leaves (width up to 1 cm). The plant grows out of thickened root-stocks. The flower-stems most of the time are shorter than the leaves. The flowers at the stem-tops are composed spikes: chestnut-brown female flowers (cigars) below with a small ‘tail’with male flowers on top. This perennial pond-edge- or marsh-plant prefers to grow on a sunny place in slightly acidic water and a fertile soil. Is not really invasive, but expands. Good winter-hardy.