Bulbous Rush - Juncus bulbosus

Alternative names
Juncus kochii

A small, variable and often grass like plant, it is frequently viviparous with new plants growing out from the main plant instead of flowers. 

[NB: Juncus kochii is considered by Stace (4th edn.)  to be a subspecies of Juncus bulbosus.] 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Wet ground including bog, woodland and heath.

When to see it

Flowers between June and September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in much of Britain.

VC55 Status

It was recorded in the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi & Evans, 1988) in 26 of the 617 tetrads. 

In the VC55 checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; axiophyte; locally frequent, but almost confined to Charnwood Forest

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Bulbous Rush
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
24/08/1996 (Steve Woodward)
Last record:
17/09/2016 (Nicholls, David)

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