Jointed Rush

Also known as:
Jointleaf Rush
Eurasia, North Africa, North America

General description

Perennial herb < 80 cm tall. Stems are either erect and formed from a short rhizome, or round, prostrate and root at the nodes. Flowers are green-brown and borne in branched inflorescences. Seed capsules are dark brown/black and glossy.

What you need to know

Although jointed rush is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Wet habitats, riparian margins, wetlands, drains, pasture.

Seeds dispersed by animals and soil movement. Vegetative spread from rhizomes. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil.

Can form dense infestations and displace native species.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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