Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 1-2 feet
Type: Cool season, perennial.
Suggested Uses: Excellent for shoreline restoration projects. Rhizomatous roots make it good for soil stabilization!
Native Range: Native throughout the U.S. but less common in the South.
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.
More information: USDA plant profile