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Native Plant of the Week: Hairy Woodrush

Family: Juncaceae


Name: Luzula acuminata


Bloom Time: April-May


Flower: Pale yellow floret


Soil Condition: Moist, average


Light: Partial shade, shade, dappled shade


Size: 6-12" tall with an equal spread


Native Range: Eastern United States


Zone: 3-8


Photos (KMS Native Plants): Top Row: early bud, early flowers; Second Row: closeup of flower, fall/winter color


Hairy woodrush is a great shade-loving, semi-evergreen ground cover. It has a clumping habit which looks great when used as an edging to a garden or walkway. Its flowers are a delight and best-observed closeup. The foliage is a lovely shade of mahogany in the fall and through the winter.


Maintenance: None necessary. I like to leave the old foliage as a natural mulch for the plant as it sends up new shoots every year. If you want to, you can cut back the foliage before it sends out new shoots.


Benefits: Usually deer and rabbit resistant.


Fun Facts: Dew drops are held on the tiny hairs making a magnificent display.


Companion Plants: Chelone glabra (white turtlehead), Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower), Osmunda regalis (royal fern), Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)


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