Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Soft Rush

Juncus effusus
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Wetland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Soft rush by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High, Wet
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

12 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
20
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Average to moist perennial beds and rain gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Cut back to ground level by end of February to allow new spring growth. Loves moist soil, even standing water for long periods, as well as average conditions. Great raingarden plant.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

Tight clumps of vertical, dark-green, tubular leaves give soft rush a formal appearance. Semi-evergreen.

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