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Common Name: Hard Rush
Juncus inflexus is a
The plant is reported to be toxic to mammals[
]. It causes irritation of the stomach and diarrhoea, followed by nervousness and progressive blindness; the animal may die of cerebral haemorrhage, preceded by convulsions[
Europe, including Britain, from Sweden south and east to N. Africa, the Himalayas and Monglia.
Damp pastures, especially on heavy basic or neutral soils[
Easily grown in a moist soil, bog garden or shallow water[
]. Prefers a heavy soil in sun or light shade[
The stems are used in basket making, thatching, weaving mats etc[
Seed - surface sow in pots in a cold frame in early spring and keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently, otherwise in late spring of the following year.
Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.