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Juncus pallidus

Common Name:
Giant rush
Plant Type:
Juncaceae (The Rush Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 6 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Straw Color
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
Juncus pallidus is a large ornamental rush, forming compact clumps with dark green, wandlike stems rising 6 feet or more. Small clusters of tan, chaffy flowers are borne near the tips in summer. This is a dramatic and unusual plant for poolsides, shade gardens and tubs. Evidently hardy to 20 degrees F. or less; how much less remains to be tested. Sun or shade near the coast, light shade inland, in a wide range of soils with constant moisture. Watch for reseeding in moist soils.