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Torrey's Rush
Juncus torreyi

Grass-like, perennial herb that stands to 3' tall, its succulent foliage topped with pompom-like flower heads and occurring in large clones of several hundred stems. Torrey rush has a rhizomatous root system that stabilizes soil well in vegetated swales, slopes, and shorelines. It is used in wetland restorations, especially along stream banks, wet meadows, marsh borders and shores. It is an excellent choice for sandy or alkaline conditions.

USDA symbol: JUTO

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height1 foot
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorRed, Green, Brown
Torrey's Rush (Torrey's Rush<div><em class="small">Juncus torreyi</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceAlkaline Conditions, Fire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: None Known

Bloom MonthsMay to October

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism4
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Waseca, Wilkin, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands