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Juncus patens 'Elk Blue'

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Species Name: Juncus patens 'Elk Blue'
Common Name: Elk Blue Wiregrass

Lush accent plant with bluish-green leaves. Recommended for borders, raised planters or in containers near water especially seeps, ponds, springs or vernal pools. Will spread and can become invasive.

Plant Family: Juncaceae
Plant Type: Rush
Height by Width: 2-3' 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: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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References
  • 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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