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Small Spikerush
Eleocharis parvula
  
About Small Spikerush (Eleocharis parvula) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eleocharis parvula is a species of spikesedge known by the common names dwarf spikerush and small spikerush. It is has a circumboreal distribution, growing throughout Eurasia and North America, into Central America. It is a plant of brackish and saltwater habitat, such as marshes and mudflats. It is a perennial herb growing tufts of spongy, compressible stems not more than 10 centimeters tall. The plant grows from a tuber which is J-shaped or horseshoe-shaped, a characteristic that helps in the identification of the species. The flower cluster is an oval-shaped spikelet just 2 or 3 millimeters long, made up of several tiny flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
0.3 - 1.2 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet, saline flats, marshes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.6" - 57.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 1.96", Coldest Month: 33.5" - 55.2", Hottest Month: 57.6" - 75.5", Humidity: 0.38" - 24.52", Elevation: -3" - 6787"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Dwarf Spikerush, Dwarf Spikesedge, Little-head Spike-rush, Little-head 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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