Luzula sylvatica - Greater
Luzula is primarily used as an ornamental ground cover for shady areas.
It is also at home in the natural woodland setting, combining well with
other shade loving Perennials and ferns. This hardy rush can also grow
under the shade of large trees.
Greater Woodrush is one of the best groundcovers for dry shade, but
it will look its best if not left too dry.
I have strong feelings for this plant. Truly a foliage plant. Some gardeners
remove the flowering stems because it detracts from the beautiful leaves.
It will self-sow if you don't remove the seedheads, but that is so much
Description: evergreen; clump forming
Foliage is bright green; blades 13 mm (1/2") wide; 30-40 cm (12-16")
Flowers May through July; 30-40 cm (16-20") tall
Ideal conditions: part shade to full shade; moist
fertile soil but tolerant of moderately dry soil; prefers acid soil
Zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Epimediums, Bergenia, ferns, hostas
Suggested uses: groundcover in the shade
Season of interest: year-round (evergreen)
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to
root depth every two weeks); further
Native to: acid soils, streambanks and open woodlands
in the UK, and central and southern Europe
Recommended spacing between plants: 40-90cm (16-36")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Luzula (loo-ZOO-lah) sylvatica
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