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Juncus polyanthemos - Australian Rush
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Juncaceae (Rushes)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Keep Wet
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Juncus polyanthemos (Australian Gray Rush) - A 3 to 4 foot tall clump forming rush with slender (1/8-1/4 inch wide) gray-green cylindrical leaves rise nearly vertically and then arch slightly away from the center of the plant and dance about with the slightest breeze. In summer appear clusters of small reddish brown flowers near the leaf tips. Quite adaptable, growing in shallow water, along the water's edge or up on the dry land in full sun to part shade. Is fairly drought tolerant but dwarfed in these conditions - best in full sun with regular to occasional irrigation where its silver gray coloration is enhanced and the plant can gain full stature. It is hardy to at least 10-15 F and useful in gardens in USDA Zone 8 and above. Though not necessary, this rush can be cut back nearly to the ground in late winter so fresh new growth emerges in spring. An attractive plant that is useful in the garden or as a container specimen for its geometric hard lines that contrast well with softer foliage. In its natural setting this rush can be found growing in coastal areas of Australia. The name for the genus comes from the Latin word 'iuncus' which was the ancient word for Rushes and came from the word 'iungere' meaning "to join" and was in reference to the use of Rushes for cordage and tying. The specific epithet means "with many flowers". Another common name sometimes used is Australian Silver Rush. We originally received this plant from Gary Hammer in 1991 and grew it in our nursery from 1994 to 1996, discontinuing it then only for no other reason than it seemed underappreciated. After a long hiatus we are once again growing this very attractive rush.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Juncus polyanthemos.