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A.k.a. red-based spike-rush. An adaptable, mat forming rush with a broad range. It’s small stature and dense growth make it an ideal species to plant around the edge, or in between taller plantings inside of, rain gardens and wetland plantings.

Light: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic

Soil Type: Adaptable

Height: 1'-2'

Leaf Texture: Fine

Bloom Time: May-Jul

Root Type: Fibrous

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Little data available. Hosts at least one species of katydid.

Notes: Once thought to be the same species as pale spike-rush (Eleocharis macrostachya) and common spike-rush (Eleocharis palustris), but all are now classified as unique species. All three species are variable and difficult to distinguish from one another, making wild I.D. difficult.

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