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Phil60Phil60 Posts: 3


Hello. My first post to a forum of any description and here's hoping you can help identify the pictured plant!

This plant has been growing in clumps since last autumn in the 50cm wide container I use for growing runners. This is one of about 10 large clumps, each about 15 inches tall and tough as old boots to get out. I had to use a spade to dig them out. The leaves are, how should I describe them, tube like, similar to Chives but really tough, glossy and a darker green.

I have tried to google it under grasses but no luck. There are no bulbs of corms at the base of each 'blade' so I've discounted such things as onion grass. I should have thought to photograph them in situ but didn't, so this one is sitting on a wheelie bin.

Any ideas please?


  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 167

    Hi Phil not a grass but looks like soft rush . Try looking in google images.

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,444

    Possibly a rush..Juncus sp.

    For an accurate id you need the flowers.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,875

    Yes, Soft rush ... juncus effusus ... Often seen in damp meadows. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Phil60Phil60 Posts: 3

    Thanks Flyfifer. Absolutely spot on! Would never have found it if I'd kept on looking at grasses only.

    This forum lark seems a really good idea. I reckon I'll be back sometime. image

  • Phil60Phil60 Posts: 3

    Thanks Silver Surfer and Dovefromabove too. Your posts came in while I was slowly plodding through my reply.

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