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Botanical Name:
Juncus Effusus

Hardiness Zone:
Zone 3-9

Mature Height:
3-4 ft

Mature Width:
2 -3 ft

Growth Per Year:
3-4 ft

Light Requirement:
full sun to partial shade

Soil Requirement:
moist to normal

Status: In Stock
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Soft Rush – Juncus Effusus


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Soft Rushes - Juncus Effusus

Soft Rushes are native to just about every state across the U.S. and often grow within marshes, meadows, fields, or human-made bodies of water. Soft Rushes are a part of the Juncaceae family and are considered an evergreen perennial. Many people are surprised to hear that Soft Rush is regarded as a perennial due to it resembling sedge and other grassy plants. The plant typically grows in either shallow areas of water, or in moist soil. The flowers end up blooming each summer, and it promotes cross-pollination due to winds spreading the seeds from its seed capsule around.

When it comes to its appearance, the Soft Rush grows in a vertical pattern and can grow up to 3 1/2 feet high. Its spread can get up to three feet as well. The flowers end up budding in a vertical, singular line along the stem. Soft Rushes also have rhizomes, which are underground or underwater stems. Each flower that buds off of the stem contains three sepals, three petals, and a seed capsule in the middle. The plant usually grows in clusters which can be seen floating above water in rivers and lakes.

This perennial is a vital contributor when it comes to our aquatic ecosystem. Soft Rushes have been proven to aid in soil retention in the areas that they are present, as well as wetland restoration. Their roots also can fight against erosion in the surrounding regions. Insects can be found feeding off of the plant, giving them an essential part of their growing habitat. Due to the Soft Rush reproducing so quickly from cross-pollination, these benefits are everlasting with such a dense population. As long as Soft Rushes continue to spread and grow, the ecosystem that they are present in is sure to heed their benefits in the meantime.