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Soft rush
Juncus effusus var. solutus
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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

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