Information About Corkscrew Rush

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Care Of Corkscrew Rush: Tips For Growing Corkscrew Rush Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

The corkscrew rush is a very versatile plant. It thrives equally well in well-drained soil or slightly boggy or marsh areas and makes an excellent plant for use near a water feature. Learn more here.

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How to Grow Bergenia Plants

In spite of the unflattering nickname pig squeak, bergenia plants (Bergenia cordifolia) have long enchanted gardeners with their large glossy leaves and pert springtime flowers. (The nickname comes from the sound the leaves make when they're rubbed together.) Bergenia foliage is mostly evergreen in milder climates, exhibiting a rich bronze color in the fall and winter. The leaves are quite attractive in their own right, but when your begenia's April flowers emerge and are held aloft on stiff stems, glowing in dappled shade, you'll know you've selected a winner for your perennial flower border.

Begenia thrives in full shade to part shade and grows as a perennial in zones 4 through 8. It has a moderate growth rate, as hardy perennials go, and grows to full maturity in two to five years. The best time to plant and divide begonias is spring.

Botanical Name Bergenia cordifolia
Common Name Pig squeak, winter begonia, elephant's ears
Plant Type Hardy perennial
Mature Size 1 to 2 feet tall and wide
Sun Exposure Part shade to full shade
Soil Type Moist and rich loam or clay
Soil pH Slightly acidic to neutral (5.8 to 7.0)
Bloom Time April and May
Flower Color Pink, red, white
Hardiness Zones 4 to 8 (USDA)
Native Areas Europe, Asia
Toxicity Non-toxic

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Perfect in containers and any water setting

Despite a preference for abundant moisture, soft rush will perform surprisingly well in average garden soils as long as they receive consistent irrigation. Clumps are often slow to establish, but once established will spread by creeping rhizomes. Soft rush may be grown in tubs or containers sunk in the mud to control unwanted rhizome spread. Plants will also naturalize by self-seeding. In cold climates, clumps die to the ground in winter. Cut back old foliage in early spring

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Corkscrew Rush - Juncus Effusus Spiralis

Everyone seems to enjoy this unique plant. The green, cylindrical stems are pointed at the tips and twist and "corkscrew". Corkscrew Rush is a fascinating accent plant along the edge of the pond or planted in a container water garden.

Hardiness Zone: 4-11
Planting Container: 2 gallon solid planting container or a medium planting bag or a 10" floating planting container.
Light Requirements: full sun to part shade
Height: 12" to 24" - Spread: Running Spread
Water Depth: Moist soil or water up to 3" deep (Maximum water depth is for mature bog plants)

Shipping Size: 2" Plugs - Height varies through season

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