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Juncus effusus

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Species Name: Juncus effusus
Common Name: Common Rush

Very attractive, structural plant. Good for erosion control along streams, ponds and other sources of regular water. Spreads fast. A good container plant, since it will spread in the ground and can become invasive.

Plant Family: Juncaceae
Plant Type: Rush
Height by Width: 1-3' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright, spreads by rhizomes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Brown
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Wet places

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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