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Spike Rush

Eleocharis spp.

Eleocharis quinqueflora by Fabelfroh (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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A close up of some Eleocharis flowers
A photo of Spike Rush
A photo of Spike Rush
A close up of some Eleocharis flowers and foliage

Spike Rush Overview

Eleocharis is a large genus containing around 295 species in the Cyperaceae family, with a worldwide distribution and a centre of diversity in the rainforests and mountain slopes of South America. Known commonly as Spike Rushes or Spike Sedges, these plants grow in aquatic habitats and are distinguished by their lack of photosynthetic leaves; instead they have green photosynthetic stems.

How to propagate Spike Rush

Seed

Seed in spring or autumn.

Division

By division in autumn; however forms should be propagated by division only.