Luzula nivea growing with white foxgloves

Luzula nivea

Snowy woodrush

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Luzula nivea
  • Common name: Snowy woodrush
  • Family: Juncaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea) is 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.

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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.

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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

How to grow Luzula nivea

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Luzula nivea and wildlife

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

Is Luzula nivea poisonous?

Luzula nivea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People