Fiber optic grass, corkscrew rush and Barred horsetail all from a small pond.

He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

Psalms 23 : 2-3
These plants in the bowl are from our pond which was hand dug by my kind husband as an answer to ” What would you like for our wedding anniversary?” That was 12 years ago and the watery plant and fish haven has improved with age. I had no idea how much joy this little space would bring. From this pond and put in the bowl are bits of fiber optic grass, barred horsetail and corkscrew rush.
Fiber Optic grass / Low bulrush / scripts cernuus. This plant grows, as a mound of fine textured, thread-like leaves with tiny silver flowers, in the shallow part of the pond. The leaves emerge as light green in spring turning greener in colour throughout the season. Our plant considers January to be spring🙂 What we can see at the tips may be the seeds from the flowers of last summer.
Barred horsetail / Esquisetum japonicum / Japanese Horsetail. This plant grows in shallow water (a marginal plant). It doesn’t have leaves but rather evergreen, green stems with white and black knots. These are cylindrical and hollow. They grow from 39-48 inches tall in full sun or partial shade. They send out roots and today I was pulling them out, where I didn’t want them to be, outside the pond.
The twisted / corkscrew rush is called Juncus effusus by botanists. It spreads via rhizomes and the bits in the vase were picked from a little plant that has escaped from the mother plant in the middle of the pond (the pond is that small🤣) and is growing on the side. It thinks it is spring, but the mother plant has completely died down, which is what it should do in winter.
This plant must be wet all the time and can be grown as a house plant in a pot with no drainage holes.

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

4 thoughts on “Fiber optic grass, corkscrew rush and Barred horsetail all from a small pond.

  1. Very interesting! Fibre optic grasses… how amazing nature is that the tiniest plants produce flowers and seeds etc. I love reading about your finds. Thank you Sandy

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    1. Such a pleasure. I love finding out about what is in my garden. It is great to be retired and have the time. Looking , researching, sharing I just love it. Thank you so much for looking at my post friend. Have a beautiful day. A bit foggy!!🙂


  2. Fibre optic grass! Very modern name😀. Love it!
    “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.“ very true, actually. Gives a certain peace and sense of continuity too.


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