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Snowy Woodrush

Luzula nivea

Also known as

Snow Rush, Snow-White Wood-Rush, Woodrush

Photo by Marianna Boi (CC BY 4.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Snowy Woodrush 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 with Snowy Woodrush

Generally pest and disease free.

    Snowy Woodrush Companion Plants

    Plant with plants like: Epimedium, Pulmonaria and Ferns.

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    Pulmonaria officinalis

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    Barrenwort 'Frohnleiten'

    Epimedium × perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'

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    Black Maidenhair Fern

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    How to harvest Snowy Woodrush

    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.

    How to propagate Snowy Woodrush


    Sow in pots outside in spring or autumn.


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

    Special features of Snowy Woodrush

    Wet sites

    Prefers wet soil.

    Attractive flowers

    Ground cover

    Other uses of Snowy Woodrush

    Shade, dried arrangements, ground cover.


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