Soft Rush is a beautiful grass for a natural area
Soft rush, also known as common rush grass, is a perennial herbaceous species of sedge or green and is found in the majority of the United States and several regions of Canada. However, it is a cosmopolitan species that also persists in various countries such as the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and has even been naturalized by people in Australia and Madagascar. It grows most optimally in moist regions, such as wetlands, riparian zones, stream beds, and marshes. This species of sedge grows in clumps that range up to about five feet in height at the most, allowing it to provide ample cover and protection for small mammals and other organisms.
Soft Rush grass is very drought tolerant
It is prevalent in USDA zones 4-9 and thrives in full sun exposure, in addition to moist soil conditions. It is an ideal plant choice for rain gardens and borders of water zones such as ponds or rivers. Humans have historically utilized soft rush in cultures such as the Japanese, which made hats and various teas out of the plant, as well as Europe where it was used to make cheap, effective alternatives to candles. Aside from being grown around water-based environments (and efficiently preventing substantial soil erosion) and utilized in habitat restoration projects, soft rush does not have many ornamental or environmental adaptations that comply with most gardeners or farmers. It does not provide much food to livestock and it mostly useless for agricultural purposes. Soft rushes are often grown in tubs that have previously been sunk in the mud with intents of controlling unwanted rhizome spread and enhance growth productivity. In spite of its preference for abundantly moisturized conditions, this species will perform very well in the typical garden setting so long as they receive consistent irrigation from the grower.
Soft Rush grass will come back year after year
The Soft Stem Bulrush, or Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, is an aquatic plant of the sedge family. This tall perennial can grow to nine feet and has soft, weak green stems with brownish-flowered spikelets and drooping clusters of scaled nuts. Not only does this plant provide a food source for birds, but it also serves as a cover for fish and smaller animals, and a natural solution to erosion management. Though the plant can withstand periodic draining and flooding, stands can be reduced if this occurs continuously.
While this sedge flourishes in saline waters, it can be found in the clay of wet meadows, marshes, and along the shores of both fresh and brackish waters. To propagate, seeds should be sown in a cold frame once ripe in a pot standing in about 3 centimeters of water. These seeds germinate rapidly and can be planted, once large enough to handle, in spring to early summer. Smaller divisions should continue growing in pots until better established, then relocated in moist to wet soil with full sun, blooming between May and September. Compared to most species, this plant's rather long lifespan matures at about 20 years.