Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Path Rush, Poverty Rush

Path Rush, Poverty Rush

Juncus tenuis

Full to part sun; medium to dry moisture level; tolerant of a wide range of soils including heavy clay, clay loam or gravelly soil.  4 -12 inches height, blooms May to September, green flowers, can be weedy and invasive.

Germination Code:  C(60), D

Native Region:  Statewide

Cool-season grower that is easy to grow.  Also called Wire Grass (even though it is not a grass) due to its tough stems.  Found throughout North America in a variety of weedy locations such as parking lots, fields, thickets, swamps, pastures and along roadsides and paths.  However, it is also an attractive plant that is diminutive in size and fills in nicely between other plants.  More drought tolerant than many rushes.  Withstands considerable trampling along paths.

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