Plant of the week 4.4 – 4.8 ~ Juncas

Juncas 4.4 - 4.8Plant of the week 4.4 – 4.8 ~ Juncus ~ Juncus is an evergreen monocotyledonous (which include  grasses)  with low water requirements which thrives in full sun to partial shade.  Many varieties will thrive in wet or dry conditions, and for this reason it is an important plant for bioswales and rain gardens. 

Juncus is often sheared to 4” from the ground in winter months to encourage new growth, maintain a manageable height, and remove old growth.  We are experimenting with a more natural pruning to preserve the presence at its established height while renewing growth by removing only 1/3 – 1/2 of its growth in a star pattern.

Its low water requirements get a thumbs up for water wise landscapes and earns a drought tolerant distinction.  They have been popular in our landscapes for decades and have a natural, free flowing growth habit which is great for our Bay Friendly natural pruning techniques.

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