- Latin Name-Juncus Effusus Hardy Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 4ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Soft Rush is a perennial wetland that is grass like in appearance.
Soft Rush- Juncus effusus
Soft Rush has Spire-like green stems grow in basal clumps 2-4 ft. Tall. The Soft Rush cylindrical stems are upright and smooth. From a distance, they appear to be stiff, but they are soft to the touch. Yellowish or brown minute flowers grow in clumps on one side of the stem. The flowers bloom from July to September. Use Soft Rush as a vertical accent in your garden. Plant the clumps in garden areas that always stay moist. The plants use rhizomes to spread. The plants turn yellow and then brown in winter.
Juncus Effusus typically develops in medium size clumps with an approximate height of 4 foot 11 inches or 1.5 meters. It can commonly be found in ditches with good soil drainage or along the banks of small to medium size streams. The plant species can be extremely invasive and will spread to any location that possesses abundantly moist soil. It even tends to grow in areas near beaver dams. The physical appearance of the plant features smooth and rounded stem cylinders with a pith-like consistency. The inflorescence of the plant is yellow and usually protrudes out of a single stem approximately 8 inches or 20 centimeters from the top where the stem ends. This top portion, referred to as the bract, is slightly yellowish colored. At the lower end of the stem, you'll find leaves that have reduced to a brownish colored sheath. The Uses of Juncus Effusus The plant uses in many ways, some of which you would not expect. In Europe, the plant is often used to construct rushlights, which are an affordable alternative to wax candles. In Japan, the Juncus Effusus is the primary material used to create the woven covering that rests above tatami mats.
Soft Rush is a beautiful grass for a natural area.
Soft rushes are often grown in tubs that have previously been sunk in the mud with intents of controlling unwanted rhizome spread and enhance growth productivity. In spite of its preference for abundantly moisturized conditions, this species will perform very well in the typical garden setting so long as they receive consistent irrigation from the grower.
The Soft Stem Bulrush, or Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, is an aquatic plant of the sedge family. This tall perennial can grow to nine feet and has soft, weak green stems with brownish-flowered spikelets and drooping clusters of scaled nuts. Not only does this plant provide a food source for birds, but it also serves as a cover for fish and smaller animals, and a natural solution to erosion management. Though the plant can withstand periodic draining and flooding, stands can be reduced if this occurs continuously.
Soft Rush grass is very drought tolerant. It also does well in average soil conditions. This grass will come back year after year.
While this sedge flourishes in saline waters, it can be found in the clay of wet meadows, marshes, and along the shores of both fresh and brackish waters. To propagate, seeds should be sown in a cold frame once ripe in a pot standing in about 3 centimeters of water. These seeds germinate rapidly and can be planted, once large enough to handle, in spring to early summer. Smaller divisions should continue growing in pots until better established, then relocated in moist to wet soil with full sun, blooming between May and September. Compared to most species, this plant's rather long lifespan matures at about 20 years.
It is a native wetland grass that can be found growing on most continents around the world. Soft Rush can be seen growing well in many wetlands and swamps. It can be produced in moist, fertile soils that stays well-drained. Soft rush also grows well in humus rich soils. It also needs full sunlight to grow but can grow in partial sunshine. On Soft, average rush grows around three feet high when its fully grown but in some cases can be found growing up to five feet tall. It grows well in average soils. Soft Rush gets its name because it is so soft when you touch it. It grass can grow to be around 3 feet tall and can spread to 2 feet wide. It is excellent for gardens and natural areas. It grass does well in full and partial sunlight. They are very versatile because they can be grown just about anywhere.