Rush is an evergreen plant which can reach up to one hundred and twenty meters. It can be found mostly where the climate is humid, in swampy and seaside places, but also in shadowed woods. It likes to grow in clear water, typical of lakes and rivers but also in those green –grey colored waters of swamps. It is recognizable by its typical long shape with green slim and slender trunks, cylindrical and long. Its leaves are cylindrical as well and the flowers extend like cobs on the top of the trunks.

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Rush Charcateristics Except for those already mentioned, a curious feature of the rush plant is that its seeds gets wet and gluey so that they get stuck under the paws of the swamp animals, who will later drop it going to be planted on the bottom of the swamp, reproducing new plants.

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Rush plants like acid and humid soils, the typical environment is the one of lakes, rivers, swamps, and similar. They also like to be placed under the sun because they need some time under the direct sun exposure. They resist to cold temperatures and they can be cultivated outside all year long without any problem. Since it likes wet places, the soil has to be constantly wet and heavy, mixed with sand and peat.


CareAs previously mentioned, rush plants love humidity. This means, they will need a constant irrigation with regular quantity at least once every two weeks. It is usually placed next to rivers or places which allow an easy capture of water but, if you are growing it in vases or in the house, you will have to change water often. Fertilization should be performed as for any other water plants, by melting the fertilizer in the water you will use for watering. The best period to fertilize is during spring while, to reproduce it, you will have to wait until June, separating the root stocks. The rush flowers are not particularly recognized or cherished, but they are simply described as cob-like blooms.


Being an aquatic plant, the rush is easily attacked by parasites who will live in humid locations without problems, such as black aphids and cochineals. In order to cure the plant when attacked, you will have to be very aware of how to treat it so be sure to ask information to gardening experts. Depending on the different species, in fact, the rush plants will need some specific treatments.