Juncus ensifolius - Starhead Rush, Swordleaf Rush

Starhead rush is one of our more attractive native wetland plants. The sword shape leaves, topped with a dark brown to black capsule-like flowers are an attractive addition to any wetland landscape. It will even grow in shallow water. Starhead rush dislikes lime so be sure to grow this plant in wet acid soil.

Description: spread by creeping rhizomes; cool season
Foliage is green and upright; 25 cm (10")
Flowers June to August

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; moist to wet soil

Coldest zone: 3-10 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: Juncus inflexus 'Lovesick Blues', Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'

Suggested uses: streamside, wet areas, rain garden

Season of interest: late spring through fall

Recommended spacing between plants: 30-50 cm (12-20") why such a difference?

Drought tolerance rating: wetland plant

Pronunciation: Juncus (JUN-kus) ensifolius (eh-sih-fohl-ee-us)


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Juncus ensifolius - Starhead Rush, Swordleaf Rush

from the USDA website: states and provinces where
Juncus ensifolius is native