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Luzula acuminata

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Rushes, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, loam, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, green, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant

Luzula acuminata (hairy woodrush)
  • Luzula acuminata (hairy woodrush)

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Description

Luzula acuminata

Also known as:

hairy woodrush

,

wood rush

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Luzula acuminata is a medium-sized grass-like species. The leaves are flat, though the edges sometimes curl inward, and are distinctly hairy hence the common name hairy woodrush. Bloom times will vary greatly due to the species' extensive range: from early spring in the south, to mid or late summer in its northern range. The seeds are born in loose clusters on stems that are terminally branched. This is a cool climate plant. It actively grows in spring and fall, and might go dormant where summers are hot.

Cultivation

Hairy woodrush is well adapted to open woodlands where it enjoys filtered light. Though not a wetland species, it might occur along water margins where the soil is not constantly wet. Moist, rich soil is best, but it is well adapted to average conditions and even thin rocky ground. It is attractive, easy to grow and low maintenance. It has a clumping habit and will naturalize without being aggressive. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate by division or root cuttings in early spring or fall. Can be propagated by seed.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL, IN, NJ

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Juncales
Family Juncaceae Rush family
Genus Luzula woodrush
Species Luzula acuminata hairy woodrush