Soft Rush

Also known as:
Common Rush
Africa, Eurasia, North and South America

General description

Erect, clump-forming leafless rush < 1.2 m tall. Stems are soft, dark green-yellow, shiny, smooth, easily broken and taper from a broad base. Pith is spongy. Flowers are small, pale brown-green and borne in branched flowerhead. Seed capsules are shiny, flattened and pale brown.

What you need to know

Although soft 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, wetland, pasture, ditches.

Seeds dispersed by water and animals. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil and machinery.

May outcompete and displace native plants.

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: Seeds and rhizomes

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 in spring and summer

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

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
Soft rush - Main species image