European Meadow Rush

Juncus inflexus

A dense, upright, grass-like tuft of stiff, sheathed, pencil thin, blue-green stems that slowly spreads by underground rhizomes, naturalizing easily in wetland areas. Develops airy, reddish-brown flowers in early summer. An excellent water garden accent at pond's edge. Provides unique texture to mixed containers. Evergreen in mild winter areas.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.


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Botanical PronunciationJUN-kus in-FLEK-sus
Average Size at MaturityForms dense clump, 1 to 3 ft. tall, slowly spreading up to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Erosion Control, Poolside, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsBee Balm (Monarda); Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia); Iris (Iris); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium); Turtlehead (Chelone)

Requires evenly moist to wet soil; tolerates bog conditions and standing water. Clumps are often slow to establish, but once established will slowly spread by creeping rhizomes; plant in a container to control spread. May die to the ground in colder zones, regrowing from the roots in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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