Juncus torreyi has striking seedheads that look like pom-poms. It is a Wisconsin Native plant that is also found throughout the US. A cool season rush, active growth takes place in the spring, and it sheds its seeds in the summer. It grows best in wetlands and along stream banks and has become an ornamental plant in gardens where it is continually moist or wet. The genus name, Juncus, means rush, while the species name “Torreyi” honors Dr. John Torrey, who first described the native plant in 1843.
A Native, Naturally! Grass, it prefers full sun to part shade in rich, moist to wet soil.
Image courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds.