Hard rush is an elegant smaller British native rush with stiff upright needle-like mid blue-green stems which produce attractive pale green-cream seed heads in early spring gradually darkening to bronze in the autumn . Like all Juncus it is evergreen so provides interest throughout the year. Soft rush (Juncus effusus) is taller with slightly softer brighter green slightly arching stems whereas Corkscrew rush (Juncus effusus spiralis) has similar coloured stems but shorter and twisting in all directions.
Juncus classical Latin name referring to use in weaving and basketry
Planting position: Pond marginal shelf up to 20cm deep; or very wet soil