USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
Illustration courtesy of University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Used with permission.
What is Common Rush?
- Scattered along the stem
- 1.19-5.91 inches long
- Red-brown in color
- Not branching much
- Many seeded
- Seed pod
Where Does it Grow?
Common rush can be found in wet meadows, marshes, seepage areas and along the edges of lakes, ponds and streams.
Pros and Cons of Common Rush
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.
What Type of Common Rush Do I Have?
There are 9 common species of rush in North America. Click on the buttons to learn more about each specific species.