Heath Rush - Juncus squarrosus


This species is distinctive in its basal rosette of tough, wiry leaves that spread horizontally outwards like a small sweep’s brush. It often forms groups of rosettes from its short rhizomes. The leaves are deeply channelled. The stems stand 15 to 50 cm tall, stiffly erect bearing a narrow, unequally branched terminal inflorescence of close flower clusters.

Identification difficulty

Damp heaths and moors on acid soils.

When to see it

Flowering June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in much of Britain but scarcer in some central and eastern areas of Britain. It can be abundant in suitable areas but absent from others.

VC55 Status

In our area it is almost confined to Charnwood Forest where it is locally frequent. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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