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Spikerush will do great around ponds and lakes.


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Eleocharis Acicularis USDA Climate Zone: 3 - 8 Height: 1 to 2 feet Canopy Spread: 1 to 2 feeSun: Full sun

Spikerush is an interesting aquatic plant

Spikerush is a very intriguing plant.It is self-sufficient in its natural environment, but the plant is able to survive in different environments. There are more than 200 species worldwide. This allows Spike Rush to be an interesting plant for landscaping.

General Characteristics
Spikerush is a water plant, and a member of the same family as sedges and reeds. It grows naturally around marshes, swamps, lakes, ditches and ponds. The plants grow close together and form colonies. Their roots that are underwater become intertwined. Like many other plants, it produces seeds that animals use for food.

Spikerush appears to be green sticks with small flower clusters that grow in clumps

At first, Spike Rush may only appear to look like green sticks. Most of the species have undeveloped looking leaves on straight and strong stems. There are small cones or ball-shaped flower clusters at the tips of the stems. The flowers are surrounded by dark brown or black bracts. The plants may grow in small clumps or in rows.

Planting Zone
Even though Spike Rush is an aquatic plant, it is very robust and survives in a vast variety of habitats. It grows naturally in all states in the USA. The USA Planting Zone allows you to identify the best time for planting. Most seed packets and planters have a map that allows you to find your zone. Also, Spike Rush grows in Northern Europe and Asia.

Growing Speed
Spike Rush grow rapidly. They grow the fastest during the spring and fall. They go through their entire life cycle in one year.

Soil Requirements
Spike Rush tend to prefer rich, damp,and organic soils. Some species do well in mineral soils.

Mature Height
Since there are so many species, heights at maturity range from a couple of inches to over five feet.

Uses in Landscaping

Spikerush is an ornamental plant used in many landscapes

When it comes to landscaping ornamental and useful are the main focuses.
Adds different colors and textures.
Softens the appearance of area
Makes an excellent filler for empty spaces
Stabilizes water edges
Decor for small ponds
Helps control erosion

If you like Spike Rush plants, a landscaper should be able to incorporate them into your existing area.

With all of the different species of Spike Rush, there is an immense amount of places where you can see them. Some grow above ground while others live totally submerged under water. This is quite an amazing plant.
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This shrub thrives in wet conditions. It will do great around ponds and lakes. This shrub is a perennial and will grow back year after year. It will also help with soil erosion around a pond.


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