Black Needlerush Juncus roemerianus ScheeleCoastal Plain only  


An important plant of salt marsh habitats bordering the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. Black Needlerush reaches its northern limits along the Chesapeake Bay. It can be found along the Atlantic Coast south to Florida and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.


The only rush species that grows to four feet tall in salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. It typically grows above the high tide mark.

Where to find:

Elliott Island Road, Hooper's Island, Ellis Bay WMA, salt marshes of Assateague Island.


Marsh Wrens, Clapper Rails, and Marsh Rice Rats live in dense stands of Black Needlerush.

There are 78 records in the project database.

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Black Needlerush in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/28/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush among Saltmeadow Cordgrass in Somerset Co., Maryland (1/20/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in the Elliott Island marshes of Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/28/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

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