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Matting rush

Juncus kraussii

Dune slack rush (Eng.)

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Useful as a wetland garden plant, in nature this reed-like grass is found near marshes and estuaries. Dark green in colour, it features inflorescence's of up to 20cm with purplish brown flowers clustered at the ends. It will attract birds to your garden and has the added benefit of preventing soil erosion. The reeds can be harvested for crafts and weaving.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Seeds are small and golden brown. They can be collected during Summer.

Propagation

Seed
Sow into seed trays in Autumn. Cover with a fine layer of sand and keep moist.
Division
Clumps can be divided and replanted.

Special features

Attracts birds
Juncus kraussii serves as a food source for birds.
Wet sites
In nature this plant occurs near marshlands and esuaries.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Use in wet areas as an interesting evergreen.

Personality

Family
Juncaceae
Flower colour
Purple-brown
Scent
None

Problems

None known

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