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Juncus patens 'Carman's Grey'

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Species Name: Juncus patens 'Carman's Grey'
Common Name: Carman's Grey California rush

Selection with steely blue/grey leaves. Forms a large clump. Likes water but will perform in drier locations. Makes a good container plant, as it will spread in the ground and can become invasive.

Plant Family: Juncaceae
Plant Type: Rush
Height by Width: 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading 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
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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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.
  • 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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