Luzula sylvatica

30 Jun

Luzula sylvatica detail (09/06/2011, London)

Luzula sylvatica detail (09/06/2011, London)

Position: Partial shade to shade

Soil: Moist, well drained

Flowering period: Mid spring to early summer

Eventual Height: 80cm

Eventual Spread:  45cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Juncaceae

Luzula sylvatica is an evergreen perennial with a densely tufted, tussock forming habit. Its foliage is linear, channeled, glossy and dark green. Groups of chestnut-brown flowers are produced in open panicles from mid spring to early summer.

Luzula sylvatica, commonly known as the Greater Wood Rush, is native to eastern Asia and Europe including England. Its native habitat is damp, acidic, shaded lowland woods, commonly besides streams. Also peaty heath moors and rocky stream sides in mountainous regions. Luzula sylvatica is synonymous with Luzula maxima.

The etymological root of the binomial name Luzula was Latinised from the Italian vernacular name ‘lucciola’ for this plant. Sylvatica is derived from the Latin silva ’forest’

Luzula sylvatica (09/06/2011, London)

Luzula sylvatica (09/06/2011, London)

Luzula sylvatica may be useful to the landscape architect as a maintenance free, evergreen, drought tolerant ground cover perennial. It will spread vigorously by rhizomes to create a weed suppressing ground cover.

Luzula sylvatica will tolerate almost any soil conditions; it will be happy in acid, neutral or alkaline pH levels, in loam, sand, chalk or clay based soils in a sheltered or exposed location facing any aspect.

Ecologically, Luzula sylvatica will attract the larvae of some species of Lepidoptera, which will feed on its foliage.

Luzula sylvatica Requires little maintenance.

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