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Eleocharis palustris

Creeping Spike Rush

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Eleocharis palustris (Creeping Spike Rush)

This native forms dense tufts of smooth, upright, unbranched stems, to two feet in height. Flowers from June through August. Seedheads are brown, scaly and conical and provide food for waterfowl. Distinguished from other rushes by its leaf-less stems.

Additional Information:
Rhizominous roots fix nitrogen.


Height
6-12 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Eastern Woodland Sedge (Carex blanda), Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Blue Flag (Iris versicolor), Southern Blue Flag (Iris virginica var. shrevei), Soft Rush (Juncus effusus), Torrey's Rush (Juncus torreyi)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds