Clusters of small golden yellow flowers develop on the side of stems (just below the tips) from June through August and seed heads mature to a rich brown, the ‘foliage’ is really a collection of soft round stems, spreads by creeping rhizomes and seed, tolerates regular inundation up to 4” deep, tussock forming, provides wildlife cover and nesting habitat, salt & clay tolerant, good for Rain Gardens and erosion control. This is precisely the plant that was used to make ‘rushlights’ in England (where it is also native), and it’s also commercially grown in Japan for making tatami (woven mats for homes).
Plant Hardiness Zones: Zone 4a-9b
Other names: Common Rush
Native Range: Labrador across s. QC & ON to AB, BC and up to s. AK, present in every state of the continental US except UT, WY, & SD
Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 8 weeks, surface sow
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