Featured Grass!! Juncus patens ‘Elk Blue’

Our featured grass this month is the Juncus patens Elk Blue.  An upright fine-textured evergreen grass like plant that forms dense clumps from short rhizomes with narrow rounded blue-gray leafless stems that grow to a height of 18 – 24 inches, though they can reach 30 inches with regular irrigation and fertilizer or if planted in shallow water.  This Juncus is quite drought tolerant once established and hardy down to at least 15 degrees.  Like the species, this versatile rush has adapted to our dry summers and wet winters but can be used in diverse garden situations, from a dry garden in shade to 4″ deep in a pond.