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California Gray Rush
- Common Name: California Gray Rush
- Botanical Name: Juncus patens
- Family: Juncaceae
- Origin: United States
- California Native: Yes
- Plant Type: Grasses & Grasslike
- Foliage Type: Evergreen
- CA Plant Climate Zone: 4-9, 14-24
- Winter Hardiness: <15° F
- Bloom Time: Summer
- Exposure:Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Irrigation: Highly Adaptable
- WUCOLS Rating:
Regions 1 2 3 4 5 6 Based on Your Location
- Height: 1-2 feet
- Width: 1-2 feet
- Flower Color: Brown
- Tags: California Gray Rush, Juncus patens, grass
About This Plant
Although California Gray Rush, Juncus patens, is native to riparian areas across the state, it is nonetheless a a highly versatile California native wire grass that can tolerate a wide range of cultural conditions from constant moisture to drought, compacted clay soils to sandy loam and a wide variety of temperatures. Round, stiff leaves reach 18" high and the plant will widen to 24"-30" if given space and moisture. Cutting back to 2"-3" above ground in late fall will remove spent brown flower heads and rejuvenate fresh growth.
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