I have some small, soggy areas on my property. I'd like to plant rushes. What kinds are native to western Oregon?
Multnomah County Oregon
There are several rushes native to our area. Here's a list of some of them. Tapertip Rush (Juncus acumenatus), Daggerleaf Rush (Juncus ensifolium), Slender rush (Juncus tenuis), Soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectas taberrae montani), Seacost Bulrush (Scipus maritimum), and Smalll-flowered Bulrush (Scirpus microcarpus). There's a description of each of them with pictures and growing conditions in a link from the Washington Native Plant Society called "Grasses, Sedges, Rushes". I couldn't get a direct link to the article, but if you search for "Grasses, Sedges and Rushes" you'll be able to find it.
There is also a group of Native rushes called Horsetails from the genus Equisetum. They are very interesting, having evolved at the time of ferns 350 million years ago; a very primitive group that reproduces by spores - like ferns. They can be very difficult to control, however. They spread by friable rhizomes, that easily break off and start new plants. If you plant Equisetum, corral them with a buried 2 foot barrier so they stay put. This article, Horse-Tail https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147585207 has more information.
There are other native plants for boggy soil. This article has additional ideas, PNW Native Plants for the Streamside Garden https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/flowers-shrubs-trees/pnw-native-plants-streamside-garden/