hard rush

Juncus inflexus | Also known as: European meadow rush, blue arrows rush | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Hard rush may be a wrestling move, but it's also a pretty water plant.

Experiencing a bit of a hard time working with wet areas of your garden design? Juncus inflexus or hard rush can help to take the hassle out of creating an attractive outdoor space. This elegant rush features bluish-green stems that curve gracefully upwards and resemble a living fountain. Clusters of dainty brown flowers appear in summer. Ideal for sunny or partly shaded areas, hard rush is best suited to loamy and clay soils that are kept moist and will also grow in water. Hard rush will grow in a container and looks lovely in a bog garden. It provides a pretty picture near a pond or within the shallow water at its edge and it will help you to relish wet areas for the great potential they offer.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Brown
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in summer
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-10
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - 4
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
  • water feature
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Aquatic & semiaquatic plants
  • Semiaquatic plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Containers
  • Pond
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years