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Juncus tenuis

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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

Height: 6"-18"

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

Juncus tenuis (poverty rush)
  • Juncus tenuis (poverty rush)
  • Juncus tenuis (poverty rush)
  • Juncus tenuis (poverty rush)
  • Juncus tenuis (poverty rush)

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Description

Juncus tenuis

Also known as:

poverty rush

,

field rush

,

path rush

,

slender yard rush

,

wiregrass

Scientific Synonyms:

Juncus macer

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by clump division, or from seed. No pretreatment is required.

Additional Notes

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

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, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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 tenuis poverty rush