Juncus patens

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Juncus patens
Juncus patens

Species Name: Juncus patens
Common Name: California Grey Rush

An attractive and versatile rush that can tolerate water or drought. Good accent plant against walls and in containers. Sharp, pointy leaves make this a good barrier plant. Spreads by rhizomes and can be invasive.

Plant Family: Juncaceae
Plant Type: Rush
Height by Width: 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading by rhizomes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, North Coast Range, Central West, South Coast, Channel Islands, Western Transverse Ranges
Natural Habitat: Marshy places. Elevation: below 4800'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.