Belongs to: flowers

Compare with: yellow iris

Branched bur-reed Sparganium erectum


Best time to see: Jul to end Aug

Key facts

A tall plant with sword-like leaves, common along the edges of water-courses and ponds

Flower stems appear in late summer, with rounded yellow flower-heads followed by spiky seed-heads

Leaf stems are keeled and 3-sided near the base (unlike yellow iris)

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Photo © Adrian Knowles