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Gold Strike Common Rush

Juncus effusus 'Gold Strike'

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Gold Strike Common Rush (Juncus effusus 'Gold Strike') at Rainbow Gardens

Gold Strike Common Rush

Gold Strike Common Rush

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gold Strike Common Rush (Juncus effusus 'Gold Strike') at Rainbow Gardens

Gold Strike Common Rush foliage

Gold Strike Common Rush foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Soft Rush, Bog Rush, Mat Rush

Description:

An attractive selection, featuring smooth, upright blades with gold stripes that run the length of them; grows in spreading clumps; well suited to aquatic containers and boggy, poorly drained areas; great water garden or pond accent; yellow fall color

Ornamental Features

Gold Strike Common Rush's attractive grassy leaves are green in color with prominent gold stripes. The foliage often turns yellow in fall. It features subtle cymes of chartreuse frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Strike Common Rush is an open herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Gold Strike Common Rush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Gold Strike Common Rush will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Gold Strike Common Rush is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.