Hardstem bulrush has various common names that include common tule or hardstem tule, tulerush, or viscid bulrush. This species of sedge is native to freshwater marshes and bogs all across North America--from northern Canada to southern or central Mexico--that contains thick, green stems that reach no more than seven feet tall and contain long, grass-like leaves. Hardstem bulrushes that line coastal regions or riparian zones along streams or other bodies of water play an important role of reducing erosion in their respective ecological systems. The hardstem bulrush is a perennial plant species that is pollinated by wind and grows best in moist, bare soil. This aquatic is also ecologically important in that is provides cover for small mammals and birds observed in the region where hardstem bulrushes thrive and also provides food in the form of small seeds. This species also has agricultural uses in that it is rich in starch and permits to creation of bread using cereal fibers combined with the ground powder from the plant itself. However, it is an incredibly invasive plant that grows well in uncrowded ecosystems or those that have been recently smoldered by fires. The bulrushes have numerous potential applications in our modern society. To name just a few, these are beneficial for wildlife food and cover, extensive control of erosion, wetland restoration, soil stabilization, and for the enhancement of biodiversity of plant species in riparian zones and wetlands alike. The rhizomes present bulrushes form a matrix that can support many beneficial species of bacteria, making this plant an excellent choice for potential wastewater treatment plans. In short, despite the fact that hardstem bulrushes do not possess many ornamental applications for homeowners and freelance gardeners, the potential applications of the plant in the industry seems very promising for the future.