Soft Rush Grass

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Water-Loving Ornamental Soft Rush Grass!

  • Soft, Upright Blades
  • Unique Round Foliage!
  • Tall & Hardy Native
  • Evergreen in Mild Climates
  • Sun or Dappled Shade
  • Thrives in Wet Areas, Even Standing Water
  • Easy To Grow
  • Valued By Birds & Other Wildlife
  • Provides Sound, Texture & Motion
  • Historically Used For Crafts & Weaving
  • Habitat Restoration

If you're looking to add effortless beauty, sound, texture and motion to your landscape, then look no further than our easy-to-grow Soft Rush Grass (Juncus effusus)!

Some plants are naturally attracted to moisture, fewer others thrive, and this Soft Rush grass is definitely among their numbers. With the ability to grow in up to 4 feet of standing water, this tough plant is found in nature at the water's edge. Making itself perfectly at home in both salt and freshwater locales.

All types of common Rush are interesting, round-bladed, grass-like perennials. Lovely foliage like this is certainly an ornamental asset in the landscape!

The curious round leaves are tall and provide motion and texture to the landscape. Summer brings greenish seed heads that create a curious look to the garden and add to the swaying motion and rustling white noise. Looking like fluffy tufts, the flowers add an airy, fine-textured feel to the already delicate blades. Autumn brings rusty brown fall color to the entire plant.

How to Use Soft Rush Grass In The Landscape

If you have a creek, pond or pool on your property, Soft Rush Grass is a great option for dressing things up! With the exception of standing, stagnant water, any full sun wet site will suit Soft Rush just fine.

Water features and large water-garden containers are suitable for these plants. Even though Soft Rush Grass does wonderfully in wet conditions, it doesn't exclusively have to grow in it. Any moist garden soil or ground that's occasionally wet, works just as well.

Use in drainage areas, low spots in the landscape and at the end of the gutters. This ornamental grass grows well through winter's chill and summer's heat, provided you give it plenty to drink during the hottest times of the season.

Soft Rush Grass forms beautiful, straight clumps of grass-type foliage, giving a rustic, almost wild look in some uses, or giving a more formal, modern look in others. It all just depends on how it's used.

Our customers love Soft Rush Grass for rain and water gardens or for adding something special to swales for water runoff. Soft Rush Grass anchors wet spots where other types of plants might fail to thrive. It adds an architectural element everywhere it is planted.

All gardens benefit from soft rustling sounds and white noise. Four-season texture and motion also add to your garden's overall appearance.

Planting the verdant green stems in drifts gives a flowing, natural look en masse. And it's great for naturalizing and mass plantings in wet waste areas, natural landscaping and habitat restoration projects and marshes.

Wildlife too will appreciate this native's addition to the landscape! The species provides wildfowl food and nesting habitat, as well as providing cover for small mammals and aquatic creatures.

Historically, Soft Rush has been used for weaving baskets, mats and other crafts.

#ProPlantTips For Care

A hardy native to the United States, among all ornamental grasses, Soft Rush Grass may be the most carefree and have the fewest maintenance requirements.

Loving humus-rich soils, Soft Rush has a preference for full sun in USDA zones 4-9, so long as they have enough water. In areas with mild winters, this grass is evergreen and in areas where winters are a bit colder, it is a reliable perennial grass.

Rarely damaged by deer, Soft Rush regrows quickly even if something has had a nibble or two. In winter where these die back, just sheer the dormant plant to the ground, and watch it come back with fervor next spring.

Texture, sound and motion are always great additions to your garden. Combined with ease of care and hardy nature in tricky wet soils, you'll be glad you ordered Soft Rush Grass! Don't wait to order yours from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Soft Rush Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Juncus effusus
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Tolerates Wet Soil
Moisture High
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No