Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Juncus tenuis


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Drought Tolerant

Juncus tenuis (Juncaceae)
(JUN-kus TEN-u-us)
Path Rush

Native to the entire US and most of Canada, this is an extremely adaptable and tenacious plant. Enjoys wet areas but can grow just about anywhere. I was introduced to this plant on the harsh granite balds of the Blue Ridge, where it grows out of cracks in the rock and in the well-trodden paths, hence its common name. Fine, slender leaves of bright green grow into small dense clumps of soft foliage. Spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding, yet is not aggressive; works well beside ponds or streams; very nice in a rock garden. Invaluable as a groundcover in sun or shade, or as a stepable substitute for turf grass in walking paths or between paving stones.

Bloom color: none
Bloom period: none / insignificant
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 6-8"
Zones: 2-10

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