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Re: Horticulture question

Plants in this genus are frequentky used in floral arrangements. I ordered one for our cutting garden last year, Juncus effusus 'Unicorn':

Info from Kemper on Juncus effusus f. spiralis
General Culture:

Easily grown in wet soils, including standing water, in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best in full sun. Needs ample moisture and grows well in standing water up to about 4" deep. Plants are often slow to establish, but once established will slowly spread by creeping roots. Plant in containers in water gardens. Plant elsewhere in containers sunk in mud if control of possible unwanted spread is desired.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

The species, known as common rush or soft rush, is a grass-like, rhizomatous perennial that features cylindrical upright green stems in spreading clumps to 30" tall. It is one of the true rushes. This plant is commonly known as corkscrew rush because it features a tuft of cylindrical, tightly-spiraled, corkscrew-like green stems (to 1/4" thick) which uncoil as they grow and spread out in all directions (both upward and prostrate). Clumps typically grow to 14-18" tall with a similar spread. Insignificant, tiny, yellowish green to pale brown flowers appear in compact clusters (cymes) at or slightly below the stem tips in summer. Corkscrew stems are often cut for floral arrangements. To some, spiral-type rushes are unique and interesting foliage plants whose corkscrew-like foliage provides texture and contrast to gardens. To others, the spiral-type rushes are little more than tangled weeds. De gustibus non est disputandum.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 4:30 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Horticulture question

Today one of my garden club embers showed ua a plant she had received
from somewhere and asked for information on its culture.  None of us had
a clue, and we're a fairly knowledgeable group. It is Juncus spirales, and
she was told it was a bog plant but she thought it could be grown in a pot
if it were kept very moist. The plant appears to be a mass of twisted spikes about 8-10inches long, but maybe it grows larger in nature. Can any of you
give me any information to help her?

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