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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Perennial- Standard
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Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood



Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Green


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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