Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Rushes, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, emergent, naturalizing, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, stream margin plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Juncus tenuisAlso known as:
slender yard rush,
Juncus tenuis is a medium height perennial rush that typically does not grow taller than 18". It is clump-forming, with fine textured slender arching stems and leaves. The flowers are unremarkable, and give way to irregular-shaped seed clusters.
Juncus tenuis is not an aggressive species, but is so easy to grow it is considered a weed by some. It does however provide an excellent ornamental option for difficult places. It is adapted to areas with poor, compacted soil subject to foot traffic, hence the common name "path rush". It tolerates full sun to part-shade, mesic to dry conditions, as well as wet, mucky and saturated ones. It spreads vegetatively by rhizomes, and by seed. It can be planted in large groups to create a groundcover or to provide erosion control, and can also be used as a specimen for rock gardens and water gardens alike. Flower and seed production occurs throughout summer. Extremely cold hardy: zones 2-9
Propagate by clump division, or from seed. No pretreatment is required.
Poverty rush is a highly adaptable, tough grass-like species that deserves more recognition for its ornamental value in cultivation.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
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