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Soft rush
Juncus effusus var. solutus
Juncaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.
Availability:
Native plant nurseries.
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous rush.
Dimensions:
2-4 feet in height.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Widespread in much of North America south to Martin and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Freshwater marshes.
Soils:
Wet, poorly-drained sandy or organic soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Greenish inflorescence; brown when mature.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Spring.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food and cover for wildlife.
Comments:
Imperiled and sporadic in South Florida, but more common in the rest of the state.