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aka Japanese-mat rush, Soft rush
(Juncus effusus var decipiens)

A perennial of wet locations in lowlands and mountains of Japan, China, Korea, and North America growing to 12 inches or more in a dense mat on a short creeping rootstock which bears a few brownish, scale-like leaves toward the base of the stem. Flowers are solitary, small and light green.



Has been used in Chinese medicine as a purgative and sedative to treat insomnia, throat inflammation, coughs and loss of memory.

Cultivated in southwest Japan for use in weaving tatami (standard floor covering of Japanese homes).
The pith of the stem has been used in China as lamp wicks and for mat making.

©2004 by Ernestina Parziale, CH