This intriguing rush, with its twisting and contorted stems, always attracts attention, and is one of the few corkscrew grasses worth growing in the garden. Like its parent, the attractive densely clump-forming soft rush, it is useful as well as ornamental, because the creeping roots bind and secure the banks of ponds and streams, conferring stability where water levels are likely to change. The corkscrew form makes a perfect water garden feature when several plants are grown in a group, the flowers and seed-heads adding extra interest to the bizarre foliage.
Cultivar: f. spiralis
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Brown
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: April to June
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