Common Rush is a wonderful wet site plant, with deep green spaghetti-shaped leaves that stand stiffly upright. The ivory-white flowers appearing in summer are not showy, but they make an interesting contrast to the unusual foliage, and their seeds produce food for many small birds. Old foliage should be cut back in early spring. The stems do appear coarse and stiff, butthey are actually soft to the touch. Juncus effusus is an attractive upright element for ponds, rain gardens and swampy areas, especially since it is evergreen.