About Juncus patens (California Grey Rush)
This grass-like evergreen is known as Juncus patens or, commonly as California Grey Rush. Round leafless green stems grow upright reaching an average landscape size of 1-2′ tall by 1-2′ wide. From spring to fall small inconspicuous golden-brown flowers emerge just below the tip of the textured stems. As a California native plant, this variety does exceedingly well throughout the year tolerating dry California summers and wet, chilly winters.
Planting and Care Instructions
Plant Juncus patens in an area that receives either full sun or part shade. While this plant tolerates both sun and shade, it grows best in part shade. Plant using moist but well-draining soils such as loam or clay and water regularly to establish a healthy root system. When established, you can reduce the frequency of waterings as this plant is known to be drought tolerant. In late winter you can remove any dead stems to clean up its appearance.
Landscape Design Ideas
California Grey Rush is a universal plant that looks great planted in a dry shaded area or in a shallow pond adding layers of interest. Plant in multiples in a rock style garden or against the backdrop of a fence line.
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