Common Spikerush

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Common Spikerush Description

Common Spikerush, Eleocharis Palustris, Is Known For Its High Protein Levels And Dense Root Mass

Typical spike rush, also known as the Eleocharis palustris, is a perennial, heavily wetland plant known for its dense root mass. With its moderately high protein in the spring and good digestibility, livestock and big game animals graze upon the spike rushes tops, especially after the seeds have ripened. It also serves as nesting cover for waterfowl and food for root-eating ducks and shoot-consuming geese. Its distribution spans from the West Coast of the US, east to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and south to Louisiana.

This perennial rush prefers growing on sites that either permanently or seasonally flood, thriving in even permanent water up to a meter deep, or areas where the water table drops to thirty centimeters below the surface late in the season. It can also grow in areas inundated for around three to four months.

This perennial rushes habitat belongs in wet meadows, irrigation ditches, springs, seepage areas, freshwater marshes, rivers, and lakeshores. It thus associates itself with a wide assortment of plant species with a broad elevation range from ten thousand feet. While there are no cultivars, improved, or selected typical spike rush, collected seeds from the common wildland are commercially available.

Common Spikerush, Eleocharis Palustris Grow Better As Plugs To Ensure Successful Establishment

As per the earlier information, the perennial rush has a dense root mass extending deeper than forty centimeters in the soil profile. Its upright, round stems, which reach four feet in height, are singular or grouped in small clusters, and they continue to grow to keep the seedheads out of the water as long as the water rises slowly.

The leaves are clustered sheaths at the base of the stems, and the flowers form in a terminal spikelet, with one flower per scale with two stigmas, with the spike rush typically flowering from June to September. The seeds are lenticular achenes, each one-point-five to two-point-five millimeters long, including the tubercle, and they appear to be yellow or brown. From late August to October, the seed ripens held tightly in the seed head for an extended period.

Planting spike rush plugs are the surest way to establish a new stand of this species, as long as they space apart from thirty to forty-five centimeters to guarantee a filling growth rate within one growing season. They must have saturated soil and at most three inches of standing water during the first season, though fluctuating water levels during its establishment help speed up the spread of the plants.


Common Spikerush, Eleocharis Palustris is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping

It is a perennial grass in three varieties: Common Spikerush, Oligoneuron commutatum, Schizachyrium scoparium, and Andropogon scoparius. Common Spikerush grows in low rainfall and high humidity, making it an excellent choice for the lawn. It grows well in sandy soil but will not survive in clay soils. The grass is native to the eastern half of the United States, from New York to Texas. Common Spikerush often grows along roadsides and ditches and can tolerate moderate foot traffic.

It can reach heights from 3-6 feet tall during the growing season; however, it is recommended that you mow this grass to a height of 1-2 inches. The taller height will allow for beneficial shade for other plants below it. As for trimming, you should remove dead or dying leaves during the springtime and withdraw any side branches formed from the main plant.

The seeds are tiny and will spread once they land on your property. Remove any flower heads before they die off to prevent this plant from spreading too much. Common Spikerush is one of the most used plants in the world. It is commonly found in India and is mainly used as medicine and food. It has numerous benefits, such as curing infections, boosting immunity, treating asthma, etc.

Common Spikerush has many uses in herbal medicine.

The rhizomes are used as a diuretic, and the herb has been used to treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones. This perennial contains saponins, starch and sugars, flavonoids, and volatile oils such as terpenes and sesquiterpenes. The stems of spike rush are edible raw or cooked. The upper part of the stem contains a relatively large amount of calcium, which makes it helpful in preparing calcium-rich foods like teas and broths. To prepare them, grind them into a powder before adding them to soups and other dishes that call for powdered root spices. Purchase Common Spikerush because it overgrows due to its shallow root system and can be identified by its triangular-shaped leaves that resemble a goosefoot.

It is commonly used for respiratory conditions including bronchitis and pneumonia because it acts as an expectorant helping to thin phlegm from the lungs to be coughed up more quickly. It can also help clear mucus from the lungs of those who have asthma or other respiratory diseases. Common Spikerush is an ordinary herb. It is also a wild perennial with a long history of medicinal use.

When the stems of this perennial are crushed, they give off an odor similar to celery. The taste of the leaves is similar to parsley. Common spikerush is often found in wet, sandy soil along riverbanks and marshes, but you can also find it along roadsides and forests. The common spikerush has been used by Native Americans for various ailments, including as a laxative, cancerous tumors, rheumatism, kidney infections, toothaches, skin irritations, and blood purifiers.

In addition to its medicinal uses, it has many other benefits, including insect repellent, dyeing and tanning leather, fodder for livestock, and herbal cosmetics. Other uses include relieving itching from insect bites and treating nausea associated with morning sickness in pregnant women. Common spikerush is for sale because its fleshy green leaves grow close to the ground and have tall, brown flowering stems that grow out of the water. 

Reviews (1)

  • 5
    Common Spikerush

    Posted by Claire Williams on Oct 02, 2022

    The plants arrived in perfect condition, and the planting instructions proved to be really useful.

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