Branched Bur-reed Sparganium erectum

An quirky looking waterside plant with spherical flowers.

Branched bur-reed might occasionally be mistaken for its unbranched relative (appropriately named 'unbranched bur-reed') but little else. It has linear leaves that lie broadside on to stem.


Widespread around the UK.


Waters edge, ponds, slow rivers, marshy ground, ditches. Branched bur-reed is an easily uprooted plant and so prefers slower waters.

Best time to see

Flowers April-June.