Juncus effusus - Soft Rush
Juncus effusus - Soft Rush

Soft Rush

Juncus effusus

Also called Common Rush, Mat Rush

  • Forms an upright vase-shaped clump of single stalks
  • Thin dark green cylindrical stems look stiff but are soft to the touch
  • Flowers emerge in small clusters from a split in the stems, slightly below the tips of the plant
  • Nodding clusters of flowers are yellow to pale brown
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer till fall



90-120 cm

50-80 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in marshes or along a pond's edge in full sun or light shade. Can be grown on floodplains, however, in the garden it likes consistently moist conditions; some stems will brown if the soil dries out. Spreads by rhizomes but is slow to establish. Foliage can be pruned down in early spring for a tidier appearance and so new growth can emerge through the old stems.

Additional Notes about Soft Rush:

Native to Ontario