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Eleocharis palustris

Eleocharis palustris - Common Spikerush

More About Eleocharis palustris

  • Narrow, dark green, round stems spread by rhizomatous roots
  • A dark reddish-purple sheath surrounds the base of the stems
  • Each stem features a small dark brown oblong flower spike
  • The height of this grass is dependent on the depth of the habitat's water level
  • Excellent shore stabilization because of its dense root system
  • Bloom Time: June to August

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

 

Eleocharis is not a grass; it is a sedge.

Zone:

3

Height:

25-100 cm

Spread:

50-150 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Common Spikerush Growing and Maintenance Tips

Thrives in wetlands, bogs, and pond areas in full sun to partial shade. This plant can grow in water up to 90 cm deep and will tolerate flood conditions.


Eleocharis palustris Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)
Red

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Eleocharis palustris

Get more info on Eleocharis obtusa

Eleocharis obtusa

Blunt Spikerush