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

Other Juncus

Identification difficulty
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Smooth glossy stems, bright green, no ridges or grooves.  The flowerheads can be lax and spreading, or compact.


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

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