Baltic Rush

  • Scientific name: Juncus articus
  • Wetlands perennial
  • Grass-like and rhizomatous
  • Most common rush in the Intermountain West
  • Good for soil stabilization and plant diversity
  • May fix atmospheric nitrogen

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Baltic Rush (Juncus balticus) is a wetlands grass-like rhizomatous. This grass is a common and widely occurring in the western, midwestern, and central America as a wetland perennial. The most common and widespread rush is in the Intermountain and Great Basin areas. It grows in typical habitats for wetlands including standing water to seasonally dry places usually below 7,000 ft elevation. This grass is considered poor for livestock but good for wetland restoration for soil stabilization and plant diversity. This native plant is best sowed in the Spring or Fall.

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus) is a perennial, rhizomatous, wetland plant. Rushes are grasslike, usually tufted herbs with terete leaves. The leaf sheaths are clustered at the base, 2-15 cm long, multi-colored from red to light to dark brown, and bladeless.

Other Uses: Wildlife habitat and food, erosion prevention, sediment retention, basketry, food, tatami mats, and nutrient transformation. It has nitrogen-fixing capabilities. They are useful for stabilization and revegetation of disturbed areas. These plants can be invasive.

Wetland Grasses

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(Juncus balticus)

Baltic Rush NRCS Plant Guide Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Prepared By: Michelle Stevens formerly USDA, NRCS, National Plant Data Center
Chris Hoag, Riparian/Wetland Plant Development Project USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plant Material Center, Aberdeen, Idaho
Species Coordinator: M. Kat Anderson USDA, NRCS, National Plant Data Center c/o Environmental Horticulture Department, University of California, Davis, California

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Baltic Rush
  • Juncus balticus

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Min. Precipitation

7 Inches or more

Best SowingTime

Spring or Fall

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Sowing Rate

1-2 PLS lbs. per Acre

Seed Count

6,000,000 seeds/lb.

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Baltic Rush, mountain rush, valley rush, wire rush

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Part Sun, Very Shade Tolerant

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