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JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Eleocharis radicans

Radical Fiber Optic Spikerush

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Item #: 7881

Zones: 4a to 8b, at least


Height: 3" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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If odd is your thing, then you'll swoon over Eleocharis radicans...aka radical fiber optic spikerush. This odd American native has an equally bizarre distribution that jumps around from Michigan to North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and even California...perhaps we just need more eleocharis watchers around the country. Eleocharis radicans is a member of the Cyperus clan that makes a great lawn substitute in wet depressions where traffic is light. For us, Eleocharis radicans makes a thick mat of tiny, green, 3" tall spikes. When grown in moist, mucky spots, Eleocharis radicans can spread several feet a year by means of short rhizomes...glad to share its home with pitcher plants and other bog denizens.