Hairy Wood-rush - Luzula pilosa


A tufted, hairy plant reaching 15 to 30 cm high. Flowers solitary on well-spaced, lax, curving stalks. Tepals 3 to 4 mm long. Fruit green, longer than tepals.

Identification difficulty

Woods and other moist but well-drained shaded places, sometimes on roadside-banks and in hedgerows, generally on fairly acidic soils but not confined to them. Plants usually occur in leaf-litter or moss-dominated sites, and competition is rarely tolerated.

When to see it

In flower during April, May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in many areas of Britain, but scarce in East Anglia and very local in parts of central England.

VC55 Status

Occasional and rather local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 21 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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