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Juncus effusus var. solutus Fern. & Wieg.
Lamp rush, Soft Rush
Synonyms: Juncus effusus ssp. solutus, Juncus griscomii
USDA Symbol: juefs
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Soft rush forms large, bright-green tussocks of soft stems 2-3 ft. high. The leaves are brownish, basally sheathing the stem. The main inflorescence bract is erect, extending much beyond the brownish fruiting cluster. Flowers in spring, but fruits remain over the summer.
A member of the family Juncaceae which includes herbs, rarely shrubs, with mostly grass-like leaves, usually in a basal tuft, and small greenish or brownish flower in dense spikes or heads or sometimes in loose clusters or even solitary.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
FL to e. TX, n. to Nf., Que. & Ont. Native Habitat:
Wet areas bordering water; swampy or marshy ground USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I), PR(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Most moist or wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Soft Rush has a strong architectural form and is a favorite for dragonfly perches. Usually found in the transition zone between wet prairie and fresh marsh. Transplant small plants with rhizomes on wet soils or pond edges in 3-5 inches of water in late winter or early spring. This plant can withstand periods of dryness followed by flooding. Recommended that it be maintained in tubs to prevent invasive spread by rhizomes. Looks best if old years leaves are removed before new growth appears in spring.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division or direct seeding.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2007-01-31
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA