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Luzula multiflora

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Plant types and subtypes: Ground Covers, Grasses, Rushes, Evergreens, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

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

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: yellow, green, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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

Luzula multiflora (common woodrush)
  • Luzula multiflora (common woodrush)
  • Luzula multiflora (common woodrush)
  • Luzula multiflora (common woodrush)

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Description

Luzula multiflora

Also known as:

common woodrush

,

wood rush

,

heath wood rush

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Luzula multiflora is a medium-sized, evergreen grass-like species. The leaves are flat, and can range in color from deep to light green, tinged with reddish hues when exposed to more sun. 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. Though the flowers cannot be described as showy, they are certainly more abundant and conspicuous than other species of the genus, hence the name multiflora. 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

Common 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 garden conditions and even thin rocky ground. It is more tolerant of dry conditions than most other members of the Rush family. Attractive, easy to grow and low maintenance. It has a clumping habit and will naturalize without being aggressive. Extremely cold hardy. Zones 2-7

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:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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 multiflora common woodrush