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Juncus effusus

Soft Rush

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Keith Burdett, copyright GAP Photos (333611)

Plant details

This native sedge is common on boggy, peaty soil where it forms upright sheafs of cylindrical green stems, dotted with clusters of tiny brown flowers. In gardens, it is most often grown as the bizarre, twisted f. spiralis.

Family: Juncaceae

Genus: Juncus

Species: effusus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Brown

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Acidic, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: February to May

Time to divide plants: October to March

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