Juncus tenuis

slender rush

Habit: this widespread rush forms densely tufted clumps of erect, round stems with basal medium green leaves that are flat and narrow. The inflorescence is a terminal cluster of fewer than 10 small greenish-brown florets with large bracts extending beyond the flower cluster. Fruit is a small oval capsule filled with many tiny seeds.  Blooms between April and May.

Ecology: found growing near water, in moist areas, wetlands throughout North America, up to elevations of 7000 ft (2134 m).

Growing Conditions: partial shade in moist to wet soil.

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Type: Rush
Height: 6-24 in (15-60 cm)
Width: 12-24 in (30-30 cm)
USDA Zones: 5-9
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.