Corkscrew shaped leaves of Juncus Spiralis
Corkscrew shaped leaves of Juncus Spiralis

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Juncus Spiralis

Juncus spiralis

The Corkscrew Rush's attractive twisted grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the year. If you have a wet area of the garden this plant is perfect for it.

Growzone: 4-9

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Looking for something a little different? Maybe this year, you want your mixed containers or patio pots to be a little different. Juncus Spiralis might be just what you're looking for. The new and exciting corkscrew rush Juncus produces loads of green spiraled foliage that resembles corkscrews shooting from the ground.

Resembling an ornamental grass in all aspects, this crazy little plant is actually a Type of Rush. Rushes have round leaves, whereas grasses have blades.


Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 1 to 2 feet
Mature Width: 1 to 2 Feet
Sunlight: Full Sun to partial shade
Water Requirements: Likes to stay evenly moist
Flower: Inconspicuous
Growth Rate: Medium to fast
Uses: Water fixture borders; mass planting; container gardens; rock gardens; specimen
This Plants Growzone: 4-9 Juncus Spiralis Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Juncus Spiralis

When buying a Juncus spiralis plant, read all of the recommended care instructions to ensure that it will thrive in its new home.

How much water does corkscrew rush need?

How much water does corkscrew rush need?

Corkscrew Rush plants, or juncus spiralis, are considered 'bog plants.' They are native to swampier areas and can tolerate some standing water. When planted indoor or outdoors, we recommend that you keep the soil evenly moist - do not let the soil dry out too much between waterings. Make sure there is adequate drainage when planting in containers, since standing in too much water for too long is still not ideal. Once the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, you know its time to water again. In outdoor situations, Corkscrew rush work well as a border around ponds or other water garden areas.

How much light does Juncus Spiralis require?

How much light does Juncus Spiralis require?

Juncus Spiralis do best in direct sunlight, where they receive a minimum of 6 hours a light a day. They can tolerate some shade but not full shade. While many water-loving plants such as ferns and hoyas prefer shade, Juncus spiralis will do better in sunnier spots of a garden than their counterparts. If you need some specimen plants or a border on a southern or western wall but the water table is too high for other perennials, then this is your go-to guy.

What kind of soil does spiralis juncus need?

What kind of soil does spiralis juncus need?

Corkscrew rush plants are adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions once they are well established. When first planting, be sure to amend any sandy or dry soils with organic matter (such as moss or humus) so that the soil around the new roots will retain moisture more effectively.

Do I need to fertilize my Corkscrew Rush Plant?

Do I need to fertilize my Corkscrew Rush Plant?

All plants in container gardens benefit from a regular fertilizing schedule, since they are not exposed to the same nutrient resources that in ground plants are. Plants that are in the ground also benefit from an extra boost of nutrients from fertilizers, but they do not need to be fertilized as often. When growing Juncus spiralis in containers, use a balanced liquid fertilizer such as Jack's indoor/outdoor plant food once a month in the growing seasons (not in the winter). Otherwise, you can use a slow-release granular fertilizer once in the spring and again in the summer. Do not fertilize in the fall or winter so that you do not interfere with the natural dormancy cycle.


Additional Information

Growing Corkscrew Rush Juncus effusus in the Garden

The corkscrew plant grows best in full sun and moist soil.  It can even thrive in standing water at the edge of a pond. It's deer resistant and will do well in even average garden soil. Corkscrew rush in well behaved in the garden and mixed well with other perennials in the mixed border. It's an evergreen plant and in the early spring can be cut back to the ground before a new tuft of curly leaves emerges. 

Growing Juncus Spiralis in patio pots

One of our favorite plants to mix into mixed containers at the entrances or our patio is Juncus Spirals. Having the plant raised above the ground allows visitors to see it. It is a conversation starter, to say the least. Use it as a centerpiece in smaller containers and larger pots, plant it closer to the edge so it can be seen. The leaves also are great for cutting and using in flower arrangements. Even when dry, they still maintain their rigid feel and remain upright after many weeks in the arrangement. 

When growing Juncus in containers, remember it does love water, so be ready to water your pots a little more often than normal. 

Growing Juncus spiralis in Ponds and Water Features

The Corkscrew Rush may take a while to establish, but it can easily be kept in wet conditions such as planting in water or at the water's edge. To maintain a neat appearance, pot the Corkscrew Rush in a 1 to 2-gallon container and set the planter in your pond, so it is covered by up to 3 inches of water. Water gardeners use the Corkscrew Rush to replicate a natural-looking bog habitat.


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