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Dagger-leaf Rush (Juncus ensifolius) in bloom.  One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Dagger-leaf Rush (Juncus ensifolius) in bloom.  One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Dagger-leaf Rush

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Juncus ensifolius 

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 1: "2020.07.16_14.17.31_IMG_8348" by AndreyZharkikh is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Photo credit 2: "2012.07.14_12.04.45_IMG_8840" by AndreyZharkikh is licensed under CC BY 2.0