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Juncus tenuis
( Slender Rush )

Also known as a Path Rush. Tufted, perennial weed with flat, basal leaf blades which are shorter than stem. Seedhead branches are ascending with minimal flowers. A roadside weed that springs up in moist soils. Common throughout the U.S.


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Characteristics
Cultivar: n/a  
Family: Juncaceae  
Size: Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 1 ft. to 2 ft.  
Plant Category: perennials,  
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance, spreading,  
Foliage Characteristics: evergreen,  
Foliage Color: dark green,  
Flower Characteristics: unusual,  
Flower Color: creams,  
Tolerances: rabbits,  
Requirements
Bloomtime Range: Late Spring to Early Fall  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Any  
pH Range: 5.5 to 8  
Soil Range: Any  
Water Range: Moist to Moist  

Plant Care



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Problems
Fungi : Rusts

Most rusts are host specific and overwinter on leaves, stems and spent flower debris. Rust often appears as small, bright orange, yellow, or brown pustules on the underside of leaves. If touched, it will leave a colored spot of spores on the finger. Caused by fungi and spread by splashing water or rain, rust is worse when weather is moist.

Prevention and Control: Plant resistant varieties and provide maximum air circulation. Clean up all debris, especially around plants that have had a problem. Do not water from overhead and water only during the day so that plants will have enough time to dry before night. Apply a fungicide labeled for rust on your plant.

Fungi : Leaf Spots

Leaf spots are caused by fungi or bacteria. Brown or black spots and patches may be either ragged or circular, with a water soaked or yellow-edged appearance. Insects, rain, dirty garden tools, or even people can help its spread.

Prevention and Control: Remove infected leaves when the plant is dry. Leaves that collect around the base of the plant should be raked up and disposed of. Avoid overhead irrigation if possible; water should be directed at soil level. For fungal leaf spots, use a recommended fungicide according to label directions.



Weeds : Preventing Weeds and Grass

Weeds rob your plants of water, nutrients and light. They can harbor pests and diseases. Before planting, remove weeds either by hand or by spraying an herbicide according to label directions. Another alternative is to lay plastic over the area for a couple of months to kill grass and weeds.

You may apply a pre-emergent herbicide prior to planting, but be sure that it is labeled for the plants you are wishing to grow. Existing beds may be spot sprayed with a nonselective herbicide, but be careful to shield those plants you do not want to kill. Non-selective means that it will kill everything it comes in contact with.

Mulch plants with a 3 inch layer of pinestraw, pulverized bark, or compost. Mulch conserves moisture, keeps weeds down, and makes it easier to pull when necessary.

Porous landscape or open weave fabric works too, allowing air and water to be exchanged.

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