Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 6 inches – 2 feet
Type: Cool season, perennial.
Suggested Uses: Nice for landscaping! This extremely durable plant tolerates densely compacted soils and trampling. An excellent choice for a path, boat launch or shoreline restoration project. Will grow in both clay and gravelly soils!
Native Range: Native throughout the U.S. but less common in the Great Plains. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Wildlife Value: Rushes are great for soil stabilization. They are also an excellent food source for wildlife. Songbirds, waterfowl, muskrats, quail, gophers, and rabbits eat the seeds. They provide cover for all kinds of wildlife, from waterfowl to amphibians. Muskrats use rushes to build their houses. Cattle will eat rushes, but only if they can’t find other, better tasting forage.
Other Names: Poverty Rush
More information: USDA plant profile