Flowers in July and August followed by seed heads; provides edibles
Tubers on rootstalk and bulb-like base.
Tubers and bulb-like base are edible when cooked (either boiled or
Both tubers and bulb-like base can be dried and pounded into flour.
of Interest: There are both resemblance and habitat similarities
between some species of this plant and cattail. The cattail, however, has
the cylindrical seed head, whereas the bur reed seed is round and burred,
and usually grows on the side of the stalk.