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Juncus effusus

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Rushes, Wetland Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: yellow, green, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, emergent, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, wetland plant

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
  • Juncus effusus (soft rush)
  • Juncus effusus (soft rush)
  • Juncus effusus (soft rush)
  • Juncus effusus (soft rush)

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Description

Juncus effusus

Also known as:

soft rush

,

common rush

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Juncus effusus has round stems characteristic of all rushes, and can grow up to a height of 4’ under ideal conditions with rich, wet soil, and in full sun. Under drier conditions, its height will be reduced with plants staying in the 2 to 3’ range. It has an attractive clumping habit with upright, to arching, medium-green stems. By mid summer, yellowish flower clusters (cymes) emerge laterally from the stems, later giving way to brown seed capsules. The species has a broad worldwide distribution, and is tolerant of temperature extremes ranging from zone 3 to 10. It is evergreen in the warmer areas of its native range.

Cultivation

With a strong fibrous root system, and the ability to be submerged in up to 6” of water, soft rush has long been a favorite for erosion control and wetland restoration. More recently, and due to its ability to withstand intermittent and short dry spells, it has experienced a surge in popularity for use in rain gardens, bioretention systems, and bioswales. This adaptability to fluctuating conditions and tolerance of more typical moist garden conditions, opens up a world of design possibilities where its compact and upright habit will provide an unparallelled vertical accent. It can spread aggressively when grown under its preferred conditions, which is why it is so popular for erosion control and wetland restorations. However, seed germination is slow and tricky, and the primary method for colonization is vegetative via short rhizomes. This shouldn’t be of great concern in more traditional garden environments. Zones 3-10

Propagation

Can be propagated from seed, but the process is tricky and slow. Best propagated by clump division.

Additional Notes

The etymology of the genus Juncus, can possibly be traced back to the Latin word jungere, meaning ‘to tie or bind’. This could be a reference to the fact that species from this genus have been used going back millenia (and throughout the world) to fashion ropes, mats, and other weaving endeavors. However, the link should be considered tenuous at best (I should’ve saved this pun for the description of Juncus tenuis...but hey, opportunity knocking!). The specific epithet effusus, also has Latin origins and means ‘extensive, vast, spreading, etc’ and is a reference to this species’ growing habit. The common name, soft rush, is used to distinguish it from the scouring rush (Equisetum hyemale). This latter species has the particularity of absorbing large amounts of silica that can be felt on its rough-textured stems, and has been used traditionally as a fine grit sanding and polishing option.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Juncales
Family Juncaceae Rush family
Genus Juncus rush
Species Juncus effusus soft rush