Great Wood-rush - Luzula sylvatica

Alternative names
Greater Woodrush

This is a grass like plant with very wide leaves and much branched inflorescences. The edges of the leaves have long white hairs. It is the largest British Wood-rush.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and damp shady places on acid soil.

When to see it

Flowers in May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local over most of Britain, but less common around East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 20 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map