Great Wood-rush - Luzula sylvatica

    Alt Name
    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map