LIVE PLANT/TREE SEEDLING TYPE:Juncus effusus Juncaceae (Common Rush) 


LOT OF LIVE PLANTS 12"-24" size range and EACH plant will be a SINGLE STALK/REED/RUSH (NOT a cluster as they grow in clusters)See drop down menu options for amount of plants you will receive.

Juncus effusus is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant species in the family Juncaceae. In North America, the common name soft rush also refers to Juncus interior. Juncus effuses, commonly known as soft rush, common rush, bog rush or mat rush, is a grasslike-like, rhizomatous, wetland perennial that features smooth, upright, cylindrical, unjointed, spire-like green stems (leaves are absent) which grow in spreading basal clumps to 20-40” tall. It is one of the true rushes.
BENEFITS AND USES: Juncus provide habitat for wildlife and help keep our water clean. According to the USDA, the rhizomes of Common Rush (Juncus effusus) form a matrix for many beneficial bacteria, making this plant an excellent addition for wastewater treatment. Rushes provide habitat for amphibians and spawning areas for fish. Muskrats feed on the rootstalks of soft rush, moose, cattle, sheep all feed off of the young shoots and various wetland wading birds find shelter among the stems. Livestock: Cattle will graze Juncus effusus late in the season after more palatable plants are eaten. The stems of this grass-like plant have been traditionally used for making floor mats, and chair seats.

Medicinal use of Soft Rush: The pith of the stem is antiphlogistic, depurative, discutient, diuretic, febrifuge, lenitive, lithontripic, pectoral and sedative. It is used in the treatment of sore throats, jaundice, oedema, acute urinary tract infection and morbid crying of babies.

Other uses of the herb: Stems are used in basket making, thatching, weaving mats etc. The stems can also be dried then twisted or braided into ropes for tying or binding. Stems can be peeled (except for a small spine which is left to keep them upright) and soaked in oil then used as a candle. A fibre obtained from the stems is used for making paper. The stems are harvested in late summer or autumn, they are split and cut into usable pieces and then soaked for 24 hours in clear water. They are then cooked for 2 hours with lye and beaten in a blender. The fibres make an off-white paper. When mixed with mulberry fibres they can be used for making stencil paper. The whole plant was formerly used as a strewing herb.

Juncus effusus Common RUSH Juncaceae Live Plants Organic Naturally Grown

  • This plant looks beautiful and performs well around ponds, in wet areas, low spots or meadows. However, Juncus effusus also works in regular garden soil because it tolerates bouts of dryness. It adds an architectural element wherever it is planted. Common Rush sometimes reaches four feet; its upright habit is impressive in the landscape. Juncus effusus is native to North America and can be found throughout most of the world. In the course of human history, many cultures have used various species of Juncus as material for weaving baskets and mats.

    What kind of plant is a rush?
    Rush, any of several flowering plants distinguished by cylindrical stalks or hollow, stemlike leaves. They are found in temperate regions and particularly in moist or shady locations. The rush family (Juncaceae) includes Juncus, the common rushes, and Luzula, the woodrushes.

    Sowing: Direct sow either in late fall or early spring. Press the seed into the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

    Easily grown in moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Performs well in standing water to 4” deep, but will also grow well in garden soils as long as the soils are in fact kept consistently moist. Plants will spread in the landscape by rhizomes and by self-seeding.
    Growth rate: medium. Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon containers. Grow in well-drained soil. Water needs: keep evenly moist; do not allow to dry out. Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer. Possible pests: no known major pests. Overwintering: no special overwintering needs.

    Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
    Zone: 4 to 9
    Family: Juncaceae
    Type: Rush or Sedge

    TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW PLANT(s): Upon receipt, immediately soak roots in water for 2-3 hours then plant in your ideal location. Make sure to water daily, or as needed, if leaves look wilted and/or until it is established in it's new environment. Sometimes it is best to place in a 6"-8" pot of quality soil and let the root system get adjusted and strengthen, then transplant the hole pot of soil to your permanent location. Plants can get easily stressed when being relocated/shipped

    ABOUT THESE LIVE PLANT(S)/TREE SEEDLINGS : LIVE PLANTS/TREE SEEDLINGS WILL BE CAREFULLY DUG UP, PACKAGED AND SHIPPED THE SAME MORNING THAT TRACKING NUMBER IS PROVIDED HERE ON ETSY WITH A SCHEDULED USPS PICKUP PLACED THE NIGHT BEFORE HAND. I will ship in minimal soil with roots in plastic bottle or wrapped, stretched wrapped around base to help avoid soil spillage. A small wood stick with stem/trunk twist tied will also accompany any plants where it is needed, to help keep them from possibly getting broken. Added packaging materials around the plant will also help to give it some support. What I will NOT do, is just throw "bare root" plants carelessly into a box and tape it shut. Your "baby" will be treated like I am shipping a small live "pet" across the country, with MUCH LOVE AND CARE! All live plants are grown right here on our Unique Creek Homestead!

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