Common Spikerush

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Bloom Season
Not Available,
Height At Maturity
Under 10 Feet
Native Grasses
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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Year Round
Full Sun,
Ponds and Water Gardens,
Bare Root

We ship bare-root plants which are dormant (in a wintertime state) and have no pretty foliage, blooms, or greenery but they will bloom out in the following spring after they are planted and be beautiful.This is why we offer a 1 year warranty to show our customers their plants will thrive come spring.

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  • 5
    Common Spikerush

    Posted by Jenny Sparrow on Aug 23 , 2019

    This looks great planted with the wildflowers.

  • 5
    Common Spikerush

    Posted by Toni Masterson on Aug 22 , 2019

    this looks great planted with the wildflowers

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Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships Year Round


Common Spikerush - is a Hardy Perennial

Common Spikerush – Eleocharis palustris is typically found in lowland tropical wetlands, most often along banks of the water. Small groupings of it can grow as tall as four feet, sometimes entirely submerged underwater. These perennial plants look like tall grass.

It is strikingly similar in look to tall grass. But that is perhaps, where its similarities end. These perennial plants don't have any leaves on them, instead of having developed sheath-like implements along their bases which are nutrient rich. One of the critical giveaways that it is spike rush and not a tall grass, are the small fruiting spikes on the tops of all blades. Not much soil is needed to plant this fast growing ground cover, in fact, two to five inches of water is more than adequate to produce full and hearty patches of spikerush.

Spikerush Grows well along Edges of Bodies of Water or Streams

They do well when planted on the edges of bodies of water or streams as they provide many nutrients to native bird and fish life. The thick clumps and wispy nature of the spike rush mean it can give a right edge to a pond or property line that abuts water. Because of the dense nature of the rhizomes in and along its root system, the spike rush helps maintain excellent water clarity.
The popularity of spikerush with landscapers in lowland tropical and wetlands is unmistakable.


A hardy plant that can survive very much on its own and thrive in areas where many others would drown. Not only does this ground covering plant add height to the edges of bodies of water, but it is also almost whimsical when the wind hits it. There is even a bird in Australia that uses the stems and roots of spikerush for much of its nutritional intake. The spikerush is a beautiful addition to anyone looking to liven up water features or streams. Requiring little to no work to maintain is also a plus. 


If you've stepped outside and walked around in an area where there are plants, then you've probably come across a Common Spike Rush. This is a plant that is abundant in almost all areas across the United States and some areas of Canada. It tends to grow more in areas that are near a water source, such as streams and ponds. The flowers on the plant are small and white in color. When the plant begins growing, you might not notice any flowers until it has matured. Small brown cones are present instead and can be found growing near the base of the stem. 


 The petals on the flowers are dark yellow in color and sometimes have brown or black encasings around them. A distance, the plant looks like a matchstick with a slender stem and a lightly colored bloom. The stem of the plant is smooth to the touch and has a silky feeling. Once the It has matured, you can see small fruits that look like nuts on the ends of the flowers. These fruits are consumed by many birds and small woodland animals in areas where the plant grows as a way to nurture the environment.

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