Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Common Rush, Soft Rush

Common Rush, Soft Rush

Juncus effuses

Full sun, wet to medium moisture level, tolerates a range of soils including clay and sandy, moderately acid to neutral pH.  2 – 4 feet height, blooms mid-spring, greenish-brown flowers, will naturalize by creeping rhizomes and by self-seeding.

Germination Code:  C(60), D. Very small seeds at 1 million per ounce.

Native Region:  Statewide

This cool-season grower is a wetland plant in Tennessee, growing in marshes and wet meadows. Soft, grass-like stems grow in clumps.  Each clump bears clusters of very small, scaly flowers.  Each flower produces a dark brown, shiny seed capsule. Provides outstanding form, texture and vertical accent in wet areas of the landscape.  Easy to grow.  Will grow in standing water up to 4 inches deep.  Attracts songbirds and waterfowl.


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