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Brownhead Rush
Juncus nevadensis
  
About Brownhead Rush (Juncus nevadensis) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Juncus nevadensis is a species of rush known by the common name Sierra rush. It is native to much of western North America from British Columbia to New Mexico, where it grows in wet areas in many habitat types. In California it is found primarily in the Sierras. This is a rhizomatous perennial herb that is variable in appearance. Its thin, smooth stems reach a maximum height between 10 and 70 centimeters. The thin green leaves may be up to 30 centimeters long. The flower clusters generally contain a number of flowers, with each flower bearing dark to very light brown petals, six stamens with large anthers, and very long stigmas. The fruit is a shiny chestnut brown capsule This is a plant for wet areas.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
0.33 - 2.3 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Keep moist

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of garden soils as long as sufficient moisture is available. Soil PH: 4.0 - 7.0

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other wetland plants such as Sedge (Carex or Cyperus sp.), Spikerush (Eleocharis sp.), Bullrush (Schoeoplectus or Scirpus sp.), and Cattail (Typha sp.),

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows, streambanks, ponds, and other wet areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.2" - 109.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.29" - 3.95", Coldest Month: 20.1" - 55.5", Hottest Month: 41.9" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.40" - 25.93", Elevation: 13" - 12233"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Juncus phaeocephalus
Common Names: Nevada Rush, Sierra Rush


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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