Soft-rush - Juncus effusus

    Alternative names
    Soft Rush

    Erect and densely tufted plant 30 to 150 cm tall and 1.5 to 3 mm wide, stems smooth shiny bright green to yellow-green, with no visible ridges and containing a continuous spongy pith. The lateral inflorescence may be loose, or more contracted into a close head of florets.

    Similar Species

    Similar to the more common Hard Rush but easily distinguished by its hollow stems - compared to the solid stems of Hard Rush.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp grassland, marshes and bogs.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 561 of the 617 tetrads.

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