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Eleocharis montevidensis

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Species Name: Eleocharis montevidensis
Common Name: Sand Spike Rush

Attractive ground cover for moist areas, especially pond edges. Spreading habit increases its value in slope stabilization.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Rush
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 2-3' W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Yellowish
Distribution: North, Central, and South Western CA.
Natural Habitat: Moist openings; elevation less than 1000 feet

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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