Soft Rush (Juncus effusus)

key indicator that your feet are about to get wet!!

Soft Rush is a thin, tuft-forming rush that grows in wet woodlands, marshes, ditches and grasslands. It has smooth, green stems which can be easily peeled to produce the pith. Traditionally, this was soaked in fat and used in household lamps as wicks – it was a cheaper alternative to candlelight which gave off a very dim orange light, the wick was folded and wrapped in the fat and if you needed more light you would “burn the candle at both ends” . This practice was revived during the Second World War in some rural areas.

 

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