Juncus vaginatus

Clustered Rush

Loosely tufted perennial rush spreading from underground stems. Erect dull light green stems to 5mm diam. with raised ridges. Pith white, cobwebby, continuous.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1.7 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to a tight or loose basal sheath, straw-coloured to pale brown towards the base, to 28 cm long.
  • Flower colourPale brown to orange-red
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersLarge, branched flowerhead to 15 cm of close or scattered clusters of flowers; 6 stamens. Main bract continues above flowers for 25 cm. Capsules pale brown, shorter than or equal to flower.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDryish soil in cool forests. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useOrnamental rush for moist to drier areas and underplanting of established trees.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from an area in the Dandenong Ranges. Scattered in eastern and central Victoria.
Photographer/s: Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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