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Juncus Usitatus Common Rush Pin Mat Rush Seeds
Packet of 150+ wild harvested or home grown seeds!
This very widespread Aussie native is native to QLD, VIC, NSW, and has been introduced to WA and SA .
It is also a native to Norfolk Island, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
It is a great plant for stabilizing river banks, preventing erosion and providing habit and nesting sites for birds.
Yabbies eat the tender exposed starchy roots and young stems, and frogs are provided ample food and hiding places in the abundant nooks and crannies.
If you cut a fist sized clump of fibrous stems, the tie the bundle at both ends using a couple of the strands, poke a small rock inside the middle of the bundle, then leave it submerged by the waters edge you will often find yabby, shrimp, freshwater prawns, tadpoles, along with the occasional eel or fish hiding inside the next day.
They are either taking advantage of the plant directly as food, or the smaller critters that feed on it are attracting them as food.
The same bundle traps can be used again and again for months, and unlike the synthetic plastic opera house style traps they don’t kill platypus, water rats, turtles and birds.
If you forget where you put them or they get washed away during the night in heavy rains they just provide habitat and food in the meantime, eventually decomposing.
My personal record using a large one unbaited is 16 baby yabbies and half a dozen gudgens from one trap, so they certainly do work well!
If you add the shells and bones from the previous day, or a ball of crushed up weeds and grass they work even better.
It is a quite salt tolerant species and very hardy, handling seasonal flooding or drought conditions really well.
It is also a useful fodder crop further south when the more palatable species have been eaten out during the dry times.
These days it is being used extensively in man made waste treatment plantings and in grey water reclamation facilities, both for stabilization, and due to its massive filtration potential.
Great choice for dams, river banks, ponds and water features and I often get them started in pots, then drop the whole pot into tanks and water features to provide cover and food for my fish, frogs and the local finches.
It looks nice, easy to grow, provides homes and food for the critters.
What more could you want!
Wildharvested locally or grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!