Juncus holoschoenus

Joint-leaf Rush

Open, tufted perennial rush. Erect leafy stems to 3mm diam., new shoots sometimes rising from lower nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-90 cm x 10-40 cm
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves along stems, hollow, hardly partitioned, shorter or longer than flowering stems, 1-4 mm wide. Rounded ear-like lobes at tip of leaf sheath margins.
  • Flower colourPale, reddish-tinged
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersBranched flowerhead with 2-75 scattered or close clusters of 4-40 flowers; 6 stamens. Main bract shorter or longer than flowerhead. Capsules golden brown, angled, as long or longer than flowers.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils in swampy and riparian communities. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive rush for wet areas beside water features or along wet edges.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesJuncus fockei and J. holoschoenus are often very difficult to distinguish definitively. These plants are noted as either one or the other. Larger forms of the latter are more obvious. The shape of the nut is important.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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