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Juncus tenuis - Willd.

Common Name Poverty 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 Moist sandy soils in woods[274]. Naturalized in Britain where it grows along roadsides, on waste ground and by field paths[17].
Range N. America - Alaska to Quebec, south to Texas. Widely naturalized and spreading in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Juncus tenuis Poverty Rush


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Juncus tenuis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from Jun to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Cultivated Beds;  Sunny Edge;  Woodland Garden.

Moist sandy soils in woods[274]. Naturalized in Britain where it grows along roadsides, on waste ground and by field paths[17].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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An infusion of the plant has been given to babies to prevent lameness and also used as a wash on babies to strengthen them[257].

Other Uses

A string made from the plant has been used to bind up dough in oak leaves for cooking bread[257].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moist soil or bog garden[1, 200]. Prefers a heavy soil in sun or light shade[200]. This species is closely related to J. dudleyi[17]. The seeds become very mucilaginous and are spread by becoming attached to tractor wheels etc[17].

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 acutusSharp Rush, Spiny rush, Leopold's rush00
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

 

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Peter C Horn   Thu Feb 2 2006

A rush native to USA. Not known in Britain before 1883 (Mabey "The Roadside Wildlife Book" 1974). Now present in at least 50 English counties. The authorised common name in Britain is 'Slender Rush.' Alternative common names in USA include 'Wiregrass,' and 'Roadside rush.'

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