Juncus effusus

Common name: Common Rush

Native plant

I find it hard to call this rush “common” as the literature does. Though it is one of the more common in occurrence, I think it has some grace to the way it presents itself in stature. When chanced upon, you’ll see that it has a spiky, almost porcupine look with dark green shoots. The creamy white flowers seem to erupt from the side of the stem early in the season and stay on the plant for most of summer. I have used it on many restoration sites right in the water on the edge of ponds. Looks great as an alternative to cattail at a third the height. I have also used it in my garden and like the results.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic, Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period



Road-side/salt tolerant, Floodplain

General information

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color
Yellow Green

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