Common Rush/Soft Rush (Juncus effusus)

 

Juncus effusus is an evergreen perennial herbaceous plant with a striking vertical habit.It produces multiple culms arranged in dense tufts that grow about 1 metre tall. The narrow, smooth stems are rounded with pointed tips and no obvious leaves. These lustrous green culms are strong but flexible. In the summertime unobtrusive coppery inflorescences appear along the side of the culms. The florets are arranged in loose umbrella like clustersPlants will spread in the landscape by rhizomes and by self-seeding.

This ornamental rush adapts to a wide variety of growing conditions but is found most often in sunny wetlands or water gardens. It performs well in a full sun to partial shade location, planted in standing water to 4 inches deep or saturated muchly soil. However, soft rush will adapt to average garden soil and sandy, silty or gravelly soils with fluctuating water levels. Its preference is of acid soil. In garden situations, plants may need irrigation during extended dry periods. This handsome rush can also be grown indoors as a house plant. Cut back old foliage in early spring to encourage healthy growth.

Juncus effusus is pest resistant and unpalatable to herbivores. It provides cover and nesting sites for wetland birds and other wildlife. Many cultures around the world have used Juncus stems to weave baskets and mats.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Edenvale
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

Limpopo Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

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