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Juncus balticus - Willd.

Common Name Baltic Rush
Family Juncaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
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 Damp to wet soils, usually in saline conditions[212].
Range N. Europe, Northern N. America, N. Asia in boreal areas.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Juncus balticus Baltic Rush


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Juncus balticus Baltic Rush

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Juncus balticus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. 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

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Drink;  Sweetener.

A sugar forms along the top of the plant. This can be gathered and eaten as candy[257]. Seed[257]. No more details are given but the seed is very small[K]. The stems are used to make a fermented drink[257].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Weaving.

The stems are used in making woven baskets, thatching, weaving mats etc[212, 257]. The basal portions of the stems have been used as a light yellow-brown decoration on baskets[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]. Plants can form large clumps and spread aggressively at the roots[200, 212].

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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

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Juncus acutusSharp Rush, Spiny rush, Leopold's rush00
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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