Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus 'Spiralis')
Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus 'Spiralis')

Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus 'Spiralis')

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This is one of those plants that just makes you smile, with the unruly foliage that springs unbridled from a cluster of stems. Corkscrew rush is a cultivar of a plant native to Japan. This horticultural hybrid was bred for the whimsical foliage. The round blades twist gently from the base all the way up to the top of the foliage. Deep green leaves often bear some striping, providing showy plants for partially shady areas.

If you like unusual indoor plants, you'll want to add this spectacular ornamental to your collection. Stunning on its own, corkscrew rush also adds some sizzle among a display of leafy and flowering plants. In fact, those curly-Q stems are sometimes used in florists' bouquets. 

  • Water generously.¬†Constantly wet soil is needed to keep¬†Juncus effusus¬†'Spiralis' healthy and thriving. Don't allow the soil to dry out. Foliage will turn yellow then brown if it¬†gets too dry. It's a good idea to keep your corkscrew rush plant in a pot without a drainage hole.¬†Juncus is native to marsh areas, so it loves soggy soil --¬†even standing water.
  • Shed some light.¬†Put your Juncus plant in your sunniest window -- or shift it outdoors for the spring¬†and summer. It will tolerate lower light levels, but won't grow much. If you don't¬†have a spot near a window,¬†grow lights¬†work beautifully.
  • Repot in spring, moving up to a container 1 size larger when it becomes crowded. Juncus is fast-growing¬†when it gets the sunlight and water it wants. You may need to divide it every spring.