Soft rush clump forming, wetland perennial with green, smooth, upright stems instead of leaves. Although these stems appear coarse and stiff, they are quite soft, and it is considered to be one of the true rushes. It is often found growing in ditches, bogs/swamps/marshes, and along lakes/ rivers. It gets small yellowish-green blooms in clusters on the side of the stems/leaves in late summer to early fall. It self seeds and spreads pretty easily and is a nice plant to use to fill in a garden as the taller clumps provide vertical interest. They make a statement at the edge of a pond or water garden, in boggy/wets areas, among wet pebbles or rocks or in shallow standing water. They are also useful in controlling soil erosion on moist banks/hills.