CRCCD – Soft Rush


Out of stock


Juncus effusus


Soil:  Acidic Loam, Clay
Moisture:  Wet to Moist
Light:  Full Sun
Plant Height:  3 to 4 feet
Plant Width:  2 to 3 feet
Pests: None
Landscape Value:  Provides vertical accent to moist garden areas.  Great for water gardens and rain gardens, along lake and pond edges, in shallow water (less than 6”), and in wet fields and woodlands.  Good for mass planting in wet meadows.  Effective at stabilizing shorelines.

A true wetland plant, this striking perennial provides year-round interest.  Smooth, clumping, upright stems emerge from stout rootstocks.  Stems are deep green and rounded with no obvious leaves.  Clusters of tiny, greenish-brown scaly flowers diverge from a single point on the side of the stems.  Bracts (modified leaves) subtend the flowers appearing like a continuation of the stem.  Flowers bloom in summer, producing seed capsules that split and release seeds that are dispersed by wind, water, and animals.  Tolerates clay soil and salt.  Provides cover and nesting sites for wetland birds as well as habitat for amphibians and spawning fish.  Seeds and rootstocks attract waterfowl and muskrats.

1 gallon pot

Photo credits:
Native Plant Trust (photos by Marilee Lovit, Glenn Mittelhauser)