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Native Plant of the Week: Greene's Rush

Family: Juncaceae


Name: Juncus greenei


Bloom Time: July - August


Flower: Dark Green


Soil Condition: Moist to dry, wet


Light: Sun-partial sun


Height: 8-28" tall by 24-36" wide


Native Range: Northeastern North America including Long Island


Zone: 3-7

Greene's Rush is easy to grow in dry to wet sandy soils. The foliage is semi-evergreen and adds a delicate texture to the garden. It is also deer and other herbivore-resistant. It will re-seed itself in the garden.


Maintenance: If necessary, cut back during winter.


Benefits: Its adaptation to various soil conditions makes it a great choice for rain gardens, filters water, provides habitat and shelter for ground nesters, and erosion control.


Companion Plants: Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed), Lobelia Cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), and Iris Versicolor (Blue Flag)

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References:


1. https://newyork.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1671

3. Photo: https://www.prairiemoon.com/juncus-greenei-greenes-rush


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