Rushes get a bad press in German-speaking countries. This has something to do with the name ”rush”, which in German (Binsen) has negative connotations, often signifying that something has gone wrong. Many species are also rather inconspicuous and tend to be overlooked. However, Jacquin’s Rush, which is common in the Alpine Garden, is a notable exception.
This species usually grows in small groups to a height of between 30–40 cm, although smaller or larger plants can also be found depending on the growing position. In July, compact inflorescences develop in a gleaming black-brown colour. The sulphur-yellow stamens and the corkscrew-like pink styles create a wonderful colour contrast to the dark brown.
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Even people who find grasses and rushes boring will enjoy Jacquin’s Rush. The contrasting colours of sulphur-yellow, pink and chestnut brown make this species very distinctive. The best way to look at the pink styles is with a magnifying glass – they actually look like tiny, pink corkscrews!
This species is regularly found in areas of primary rock in the Swiss Alps. As it prefers acidic soils, it is absent in the Limestone Alps or is only found in places where its roots do not come into direct contact with the rocks. This species can be found regularly on the Gornergrat because this area is so geologically diverse. more information