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Eleocharis palustris
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Common Spike-rush
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Eleocharis palustris

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About Common Spike-rush (Eleocharis palustris) Eleocharis palustris (common spike-rush, creeping spike-rush or marsh spike-rush) is a species of mat-forming perennial plants in the genus Eleocharis (and subgenus Eleocharis) growing in wetlands in Europe, North Africa, northern and central Asia (Siberia, China, Mongolia, Iran, Nepal, etc. ) and North America (US, Canada, Greenland, northern Mexico). Eleocharis palustris is not easily distinguished from other closely related species and is extremely variable worldwide itself. Numerous names have been proposed for subspecies and Varieties: The following are recognized:
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-127' - 10633'

Annual Precip. ?
3.1" - 72.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.76"

Coldest Month ?
21.4° F - 57.7° F

Hottest Month ?
48.0° F - 89.2° F

Humidity ?
0.41 vpd - 39.66 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy soils

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Marsh Spike-rush, Creeping Spike-rush, Common Spikerush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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