Corkscrew Rush Shallow Water Plant


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A CONTAINER FAVORITE! Fantastic addition to container water gardens! Adds a bit of panache to every garden, large and small!

NO LEAVES! Rushes have no leaves and the stems maintain a clean look through most of the year! In mild winters it will even stay evergreen!

SPIRALS IN ABUNDANCE! Spectacular spiraling stems! Perfect For inquisitive kids (and adults) to ponder as well as touch. Wonderful for adding to cut flower arrangements!

EXTRAORDINARY EDGES! Perfect for water garden edges! Provide it with consistent, shallow water and this unique plant will thrive!

100% QUALITY GUARANTEE! Our rushes are grown & shipped by skilled, trusted aquatic plant experts. Your root is guaranteed to arrive alive and healthy!

‘Spiralis’ has contorted, corkscrew, dark green needlelike leaves that grow vertically and provide a wonderful, prominent addition to your water garden. It grows in rich soil and loves to hang out at the water’s edge as well as up to 6 inches in water. It’s been used as floor matting in China and Japan and lighting in Medieval England. Called ‘rushlight’, lengths of peeled rush were soaked in wax or grease and then lit like a candle. Waterfowl, songbirds and game birds love the seed heads! It’s easily propagated by division of its rhizomes as well as seed. It also may help hold back the encroachment of cattails.


  • Common name: Corkscrew rush
  • Botanical name: Juncus effusus ssp. spiralis
  • Bloom color: greenish – brown
  • Bloom width: small
  • Bloom time: July to September
  • Flower type: one-sided cymes
  • Recommended Pot-Size: 6 – 10 inches
  • Plant height: 1 – 1.5 feet
  • Plant spread: 1 – 1.5 feet
  • Water depth: 6 inches
  • Light requirements: Full Sun – Part Shade
  • USDA hardiness zones: 3 – 8


NOTES FROM THE EXPERTS AT CHALILY: Our live plants are delivered as bare root plants. This means that the plant has mature, growing root structures ready to be planted. We recommend Chalily Lily and Lotus Fertilizer for all flowering aquatic plants.

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