Taper-tip rush is an evergreen raingarden superstar that will add year-round interest and structure to your garden. Its soft, vibrant green foliage forms a hardly, low-maintenance clumping groundcover with exceptional habitat benefits in sunny wet areas. The flower cluster is an open array of up to 20 teensy-weensy green to reddish-brown inflorecences, like a firework display for all the lovely, industrious ants that call a habitat garden home.
- Plant type/canopy layer: evergreen, perennial, herbaceous plant
- Size at maturity: 18-36" tall, 12-24" wide
- Light requirements: full sun
- Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
- Bloom time: June - Aug
- Growth rate/ease: medium growth rate, easy to grow
- Wildlife support: overall plant attracts and supports beneficial and pest eating insects and is a caterpillar host plant and larval food source for many native moth species; seeds are enjoyed by birds and small mammals
- Native habitat/range: common in wet meadows, wet prairies, in ditches and along shores and swales, from sea level to 1300m, across much of North and Central America (except a couple of the more dry dry, central states/providences). Portland Plant List - yes.
- Special features & uses: evergreen; wildlife favorite; landscape uses include wet meadows and raingardens/bioswales and erosion control
Gardening with Taper-tip Rush: If you’re looking for groundcover that is low-maintenance that will control erosion and provide year-round structure and habitat in your wet meadow or the bottom layer of a raingarden, look no further. These fuss-free plant will tolerate all soil types and pretty much any drainage, including seasonal flooding to standing water, provided its getting the moisture and sun it needs.
Photo Credit 1: "File:Starr-110929-9874-Juncus acuminatus-seedhead-Hanaula-Maui (24821854440).jpg" by Forest and Kim Starr is licensed under CC BY 3.0.
Photo Credit 2: "Juncus acuminatus (sharp-fruited rush), Smithfield, RI" by Doug_McGrady is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Photo Credit 3: "File:Starr-110929-9873-Juncus acuminatus-habit in reservoir-Hanaula-Maui (25024210461).jpg" by Forest and Kim Starr is licensed under CC BY 3.0.