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Eleocharis Acicularis (hair grass)

Eleocharis Acicularis  (Hair Grass)

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This is one of my favorite versatile water garden plants.  Also known as Needle Spike Rush, Hair Grass is attractive and adaptable to a large range of different conditions.  It’s a terrestrial plant, meaning that it grows both under the water and above; it will thrive and colonise into bright green, dense mats that resemble underwater lawns.  This lovely plant is very adaptable and will carpet the bottom of ponds, lakes etc. It will grow in a water depth of 60 cm, creep up low underwater gradient slopes, and reach out of the water into muddy margins.  If grown under the water it will grow to a height of 15 cm, but will adapt to a lower height of 5 cm when growing in moist conditions.

In the wild, it can be found growing all over the northern hemisphere and Australia.  Hair Grass naturally favours clay and silt bottomed ponds; yet it will also grow quite happily in wet meadows, marsh lands, slow moving streams and lakes and their muddy margins

 Uses in the Water Garden

Needle Spike Rush is one of the most useful plants for all water gardeners. It is one of the best oxygenating plants and a good nitrate remover, therefore essential as a prevention treatment for different types of algae and blanket weed.  For an even greater result for achieving that Crystal clear water, below are the names of a couple of plants that when planted alongside Hair Grass, will give you a really good result.

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200      Vallisneria Spiralis

Sagittaria Graminea

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Established carpets of Hair Grass make excellent hiding places for all underwater wildlife.  The dense mats are a favoured spawning ground for Frogs, Newts and many types of fish.  For that reason, Hair Grass is widely used to cover the bottom of tropical and fresh water aquariums, and therefore, just as popular to aquarium hobbyists as it is to all water gardeners.

Lastly, when Hair Grass adapts out of the water it puts on a magnificent display of seed heads throughout the summer.  Please see the photo to the right.