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Juncus sarophorus

Broom Rush

Tufted perennial rush spreading from underground stems. Erect bluish-green stems to 4mm diam. with strongly raised, spaced ridges. Pith white, interrupted with small air spaces.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1.8 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to a basal sheath to 30 cm long, dark brown to reddish brown towards the base.
  • Flower colourGreen
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersDense fan-shaped flowerhead with flowers scattered along many branches; 3 stamens. Main bract continues above flowers for 40 cm. Capsules pale brown with darker tips, shorter than or equal to flowers.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsSemi-aquatic, preferring soils which are wet most of the time. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant in or beside water areas.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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