Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)

Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)

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Juncus effusus (Soft Rush) is a native grass-like perennial with a clump-forming habit and foliage consisting of flexible, rounded stems which are lustrous green with pointed tips. Found in nature in soggy meadows, marshes, open wet woodlands, margins of pods, rivers, or streams, and wet fields or roadsides, soft rush is adaptable to almost any planting conditions so long as the ground is wet, which makes it a valuable plant for erosion control and wetland restoration.

Typically growing to two to four feet tall, Juncus effusus produces small, scaly flowers atop its stems in the summer months, which add even more texture to an already stand-out plant. While soft rush makes for a great choice for a naturalized area or slope stabilization project, they also double as great small space and container plantings when provided with a steady supply of water.

In some naturalization projects, Juncus effusus may begin to colonize the area; one of the ways around this is planting the plant, pot and all, into the ground, with the lip of the pot above the soil. Either way, care should be taken in choosing a good location to your plant soft rush.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Foliage color: Green
Features: Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Wet Soil Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Flood Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, and Foot Traffic Tolerant
Garden Type: Small Space, Container, Rain Garden, Wetland Restoration, Full Aquatic, and Meadow

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