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Juncus acutus - L.

Common Name Sharp Rush, Spiny rush, Leopold's rush
Family Juncaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, there is a report that one member of this genus is possibly toxic to mammals[76]..
Habitats Sandy sea shores and dune slacks, occasionally in salt marshes[17].
Range Southern Europe, including Britain, south and east from France to N. Africa and Macronesia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Juncus acutus Sharp Rush, 	Spiny rush,  Leopold


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Juncus acutus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Basketry;  Thatching;  Weaving.

The stems are used in making woven baskets, thatching, weaving mats etc[46, 61, 257].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moist soil, bog garden or shallow water[1, 200]. Prefers a heavy soil in sun or light shade[200].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in pots in a cold frame in early spring and keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently, otherwise in late spring of the following year. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Juncus balticusBaltic Rush10
Juncus conglomeratusCommon rush00
Juncus dudleyiDudley's Rush00
Juncus effususSoft Rush, Common rush, Lamp rush, Pacific rush12
Juncus inflexusHard Rush, European meadow rush00
Juncus procerus 00
Juncus tenuisPoverty Rush01

 

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