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Rhynchospora colorata (Star Rush)

Starrush Whitetop, Star Sedge, White-topped Sedge, Whitetop Sedge, Star Rush, Dichromena colorata, Rhynchospora drummondiana, Rhynchospora stellata, Schoenus coloratus


Rhynchospora colorata (Star Rush) is an evergreen grasslike perennial boasting striking daisy-like flowers with 5-6 long, drooping, white bracts from late spring to early fall. The blossoms attract insect pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The foliage consists of narrow, long and tapering green blades that arise from the base of the plant. Native to Virginia south to Florida and west to Texas, Star Rush occurs naturally in wet coastal areas, dunes, and along roadsides and ditches. This unique and long-lived perennial sedge slowly spreads by rhizomes. A plant for shallow water at the edge of the pond or for the bog garden. It can make an interesting groundcover in moist landscapes.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist, loam soil with up to 3 in. (7 cm) of water above the roots.
  • A showy addition to bog gardens or water gardens. It will also grow in regular garden soil with plenty of water.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Cut back in the winter to promote a flush of spring growth. Divide clumps to control the plant size.
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to the southeastern U.S.A., Mexico, South America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

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