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Spikerush

Spikerush - Eleocharis palustris. An aquatic plant found on the edges of ponds and marshes, in temporary and permanent wetlands, and in coastal swamps. Common spikerush is very widespread. It has vivid green stems that grow in tufts and blooms brown, egg-shaped flowers from May to July. It is native to the wetlands of Europe, North Africa, north and central Asia, and North America. Common spikerush is found in every state in the United States but two. There are many subspecies of this plant that are not so easy to distinguish despite the genus itself being quite easy to recognize.

Spikerush is Commonly Planted Near Water. It likes very wet conditions, so it is excellent around ponds and streams. It does help with erosion but is a slow grower usually just a few inches each year. Full sun is best and shallow water works best for this grass. These can grow submerged entirely underwater and appear like an underwater plant. These grasses are an excellent source of food for wildlife such as fish, ducks and or reptiles because of the micro and macroinvertebrates that make this grass home. Spikerush have stems that can be seen unbranched, and the sheaths are at the bottom. Each spike has a small, tiny fruit up at the top. A lot of wildlife animals love this plant because they not only eat the top part of the plant but they can eat whats left once it dies too. With a plant that can be planted both indoors and out, it makes it a versatile and easy growing plant. It also goes by the name of hair grass or spiking grass. In most places, this plant grows in clumps or clusters. Spikerush grass can be classified as either a perennial or native grass. The roots run deep but love water. This plant is commonly planted around ponds, lakes, streams, water beds. This grass has small flowers which are easily transplanted when the wind blows because it transplants the seeds to other places. This plant grows underwater and can be grown both indoors and out.

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