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Bulrush - Juncus effusus

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GeneralitŠ°

This type of shrub is a perennial aquatic bush, widespread in the wetlands of all continents, it lives near rivers and lakes, in clean running waters, but it is often found also near the marshes. The rush develops in tufts, quickly covering large surfaces, producing underground rhizomes; it grows developing stems up to 100-150 cm tall, green, leafless or with leaves wrapped around the stem, cylindrical and flexible, usually smooth or slightly striped longitudinally; in summer it produces small fan-shaped, brown-green flowers. Most of the varieties are not very decorative, but some are particularly suitable for growing near small ponds in the garden, such as the juncus effusus spiralis, smaller than the common rush, and with characteristic spiral growth; the juncus effusus Cuckoo, yellow and green stripes and the Juncus effusus zebrinus, with white and green stripes.


Exposure

For a better development of the rattan specimens it is preferable to plant the plants of this variety in a very sunny place, at the edges of a pond or even in a completely submerged position.

This genus of shrub does not fear cold weather, and in places where it does not freeze during the cold season, it is possible to favor a more compact growth by pruning it at the base in autumn, so that it can best develop at the vegetative restart.

As for the watering, it is obvious that, being an aquatic plant, there is a need for a constant presence of water, as the soil that houses the specimens of this particular variety must be grown in an environment with a high degree of humidity . If placed in a container, a solution that is in any case not recommended, the soil must be kept constantly wet.

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