Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Juncus effusus L.
Common name(s): common rush, soft rush, common soft rush
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– reproduces by seed. Flowers July to September.
Stands l’ to 2 1/2′ high, dense tufts of leaves at the base. Stems are soft. Flower head has many flowers, 1″ to 4″ high. The rootstock is stout, branching and proliferous.
– one of two genera of rushes in ME; Juncus is not hairy, the other (Luzula) is hairy
– may be confused with J. pylaei (also considered a variety of J. effusus) or J. conglomeratus; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)