Dagger-leaf Rush gets its name from its slender iris-like flat blades that create lovely clumps of upright vibrant green foliage in a rain garden or creekside landscape. Additional visual interest is created in summer to fall with its quite ornamental blooms and seed pods atop slender stalks.
- Plant type/canopy layer: evergreen perennial rush, herb/ground layer
- Size at maturity: 1-2' tall, 1-2' wide
- Light requirements: full sun
- Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil, not standing water
- Bloom time: June-Aug
- Growth rate/ease: fast growth rate, easy to grow, spreads by rhizomes
- Wildlife support: seeds eaten by a wide variety of birds
- Native habitat/range: Common in wet areas across western North America. Portland Plant List - yes.
- Special features & uses: drought tolerant, erosion control and bank stabilization in wet/moist areas, groundcover
Gardening with Dagger-leaf Rush: Plant in a full sun to mostly sunny Rain Garden landscape for its ability to filter run-off and for the added visual interest of iris-like slender leaves, delicate flower heads, and fun seedpods. Enjoys moist to wet soil, but do not plant in standing water.Photo credit 2: "2012.07.14_12.04.45_IMG_8840" by AndreyZharkikh is licensed under CC BY 2.0