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Re: Juncus effusus 'Spirales'

Hi Jim, I have a Juncus effusus Spiralis, (mine is 'variegata', but  
basically the same).  I have two pots, one in water, and one out in a bog,  that just 
holds water during a rainy period.  They both pretty much grow  the same, so 
if you do not have a water garden, that is fine, you can still grow  it.  In 
fact, when I got mine and did a search, I found many sites saying  that it had 
to be well drained, one even said 1-6 inches of water over the  crown, 
considering that mine is not that big right now, (usually variegated  plants aren't 
that vigorous, so perhaps that is why).....but 6 inches of water  would drown it 
for sure, so doubt I'd go that far.  Hmmmm......so that is  why I left one in 
and one out of the pond.  Definitely doesn't do well  when it dries out much, 
so frequent watering would be my recomendation no matter  where you put it.
Have you decided where you will plant it???  Mine is in pretty much  full 
sun, but given that it is a rush, I would think it could take a fair amount  of 
shade, what do you think?  I'd like to put one in the new stream  which will be 
under the fig tree (when and if it ever gets done)....definitely  not full 
sun.  Let me know what your experiences with it are, okay??   I'd appreciate it.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/9/2005 4:46:38 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

We  bought one of these corkscrew reeds last weekend. Any pond, bog, 
swamp  gardeners here growing it? Everything I've read about it says it 
wants its  head in the sun and its feet under water. One thing I found 
interesting  about it is its range of adaption--zones 4 through 10. 
Apparently, anyone  with a sunny bog can grow it. [Not suggesting you'd 
want to, but you  can.]

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