California Gray Rush
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
Rushes somewhat resemble grasses, with leaflike, cylindrical stems and tiny, inconspicuous flowers clustered near stem tips. Specialists usually suggest planting them with grasses or aquatic plants at the edge of a pond or stream, in shallow water, or among stones and pebbles.Juncus patens
Native to California and Oregon. To 2 ft. high and wide, with stiffly upright green or gray-green stems. Tolerates more heat and drought than J. effusus but thrives in moist soil or shallow water. ‘Carman’s Gray’ is a good gray-stemmed selection.
Valuable for form, foliage, fall color, easy culture. Moderate growth rate. Young and middle-aged tree...
Clusters ofdark blue, inch-long flowers on6–10-in. stems.
In its native Japan, this treereaches 100–120 ft. tall, but inWestern gardens it is not likelyto excee...