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Eleocharis palustris - Creeping spikerush

Native Wetland Plants

Eleocharis palustris

Creeping spikerush

More About Creeping spikerush

  • Low growth habit
  • Rapid rhizomatous spread
  • Tolerant of water level fluctuation

Eleocharis palustris, Creeping spikerush, is a perennial colonizer which forms a dense root mass along pond shores creeping out into 4-6" of water. Sometimes mistaken for a grass, creeping spikerush forms nice tight clusters of green individual culms just about 1' tall with a single scaly flower head on top of each one. Creeping spikerush is a pioneering wetland species that handles water fluctuations quite well making it ideally suited for basins, conservation and stormwater runoff projects.

Bloom Color

White

Eleocharis palustris Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
1' - 2'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Flowering Perennial
Marginal
Rush
Attributes
Bio Remediation
Container
Erosion Control
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Native
Rain Garden
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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