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Juncus ensifolius

Juncus ensifolius
star-head rush; sword-leaf rush
Common name star-head rush; sword-leaf rush
Family juncaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers dark brown (late spring)
Size 10"
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensmid-August

Creeping rush native to the western U.S., where it grows in permanently moist soil and shallow water. Its leaves look like those of iris; its star-shaped seedheads provide additional interest. I found a British website that calls them "flying hedgehogs" :-)

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light. Many germinated into hair-thin green whisps; only one developed after potting up.

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