Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Creeping Rush: Juncus repens

Weed Description:  A short tufted plant growing in moist soil or along shorelines or a submersed aquatic plant usually found in shallow water.  Creeping rush is primarily found in ditches and along the edges of ponds and lakes.
Leaves:  Tufted when growing out of the water, but bright green and forming whorls of leaves at the nodes in submersed plants.  All leaves are linear in outline.

Stems:   In submersed plants, stems root at the nodes.  Plants growing in moist soil and out of the water may range from 2 to 8 inches in height.

Fruit: A capsule approximately 1/4 inch long.

Flowers:  Occur in heads at the ends of stems.  Flowers are green and inconspicuous, usually about 1/4 inch long.
Identifying Characteristics: The whorled, linear leaves and submersed or tufted growth habit helps to distinguish this weed from most other aquatic weed species.