Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
East facing, north facing, south facing, west facing
Position in border:


Acidic / Boggy / Chalky / Alkaline / Clay / Heavy / Moist / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

Although Luzula nivea (snowy woodrush) looks like a grass, it is not a grass. Rather, it's a spreading, clump-forming evergreen perennial. It has rich, green leaves, which contrast with pure white summer flowers held on tall stems. A member of the rush (Juncaceae) family, it thrives in moist soil.

Luzula nivea is commonly used for ground-cover and edging paths, particularly in shade. However it will tolerate a sunny spot as long as the soil is moist enough. It is a vigorous plant and can be invasive, however it rarely causes problems in gardens as it's used as a ground cover plant and therefore does its job perfectly.

Grow snowy woodrush in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade to full sun. Lift and divide congested colonies every three years, between from mid spring to midsummer. Tidy up foliage in spring.

Advice on buying Luzula nivea

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  • Make sure you have the right growing conditions – Luzula nivea needs moist but well-drained soil and a partially shaded spot. 
  • You may find Luzula nivea' in your local garden centre, however you may find a greater vareity of sizes by shopping online
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before planting

Where to buy Luzula nivea

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Luzula and wildlife

Luzula has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Luzula poisonous?

Luzula has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People