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Found in wet spaces, soft rush can be used for the water garden, in wetland restoration projects, and stormwater management areas.

Found in wet spaces, soft rush can be used for the water garden, in wetland restoration projects, and stormwater management areas. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Juncus effusus

Soft rush

Juncus effusus has a tight clumping growth habit and the stems are soft to the touch. Insignificant flowers appear along the side of the stem, below the stem tip. Prefers saturated soils or shallow water and is a good choice for the ornamental water garden. Slowly spreads rhizomatously.

In Japan, soft rush is grown to make tatami, which are woven mats used in the home. And up until the 1900s soft rush was used in England to make inexpensive lights called “rushlights.” The plant was soaked in animal fat then could be burned and used as a light. 


Height:

3-4 ft

Spread:

2-4 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

2-9

Bloom Color:

Insignificant

Juncus effusus Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing

Flowering Months

  • July

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=JUEF