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Eleocharis montevidensis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
el-ee-OK-ar-iss mon-tay-vid-EN-sis
Description

Spike Rush is a widespread coastal plant native to the USA. It grows in moist, sandy spots in various habitat locations as lakes, riverbanks, wet meadows, woodlands, and springs. The leaves are thin and hair-like and the flower spikes resemble small cones. It can spread aggressively by rhizomes and seeds. Spike Rush can be grown in a 1-2 gallon pot covered with 1-2 inches of water. They are also used in aquariums.

 

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Tags:
#sun#green#meadow#grass#stream banks#NC native#ponds#coast#coastal areas#marshes#sandy soils tolerant
 
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Tags:
#sun#green#meadow#grass#stream banks#NC native#ponds#coast#coastal areas#marshes#sandy soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eleocharis
    Species:
    montevidensis
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & S. U.S.A.,S. America
    Distribution:
    AL , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , KS , LA , MS , NC , NM , OK , SC , TX
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides food for waterfowl and shorebirds.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Water Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny rounded reddish spikelets resembling cones at tips of stems April- Aug.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Grass-like leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Problems:
    Weedy