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Snowy Woodrush

Luzula nivea

Also known as

Snow Rush, Snow-White Wood-Rush

Photo by Marianna Boi (CC BY 4.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Luzula nivea is a valuable evergreen perennial, found growing wild across Central and Southern Europe. It has a slow, spreading habit and is well placed in a moorland garden setting, mixed borders or as ground cover planting. Foliage is narrow, linear and measures up to 30cm long. Flowers are arranged in lax clusters, they are glossy, white and borne on stems measuring around 60cm in height. The word 'Nivea' is derived from the Latin 'niveum', meaning snowy, this refers to the white flowers. Luzula has several possible meanings, it may come from the Latin, 'lux', meaning 'light'. This was likely inspired by the way the leaves sparkle when wet with dew, common names include snowy woodrush or snow rush.

Common problems

Generally pest and disease free.

    Companion plants

    Plant with plants like: Epimedium, Pulmonaria and Ferns.

    A photo of Lungwort

    Lungwort

    Pulmonaria officinalis

    A photo of Barrenwort 'Frohnleiten'

    Barrenwort 'Frohnleiten'

    Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'

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    Southern Maidenhair Fern

    Adiantum capillus-veneris

    Harvesting

    Flowers can be picked from early to mid summer, seeds can be collected in autumn and either scatter sown or sown into pots outside in autumn or spring. They can self-seed a little, but not too much.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow in pots outside in spring or autumn.

    Division

    Divide between mid-spring and early summer, and position in new location immediately.

    Special Features

    Wet sites

    Prefers wet soil.

    Attractive flowers

    Ground cover

    Uses

    Ornamental

    Luzula nivea is cultivated as an ornamental grass, for planting in gardens.