Luzula nivea (Snowy Woodrush)
Gradually increasing evergreen clumps of neat ground covering foliage composed of loose slender hairy leaves from which the arching sprays of elegant white flowers emerge in early Summer. A fine little architectural grass often specified by garden designers.
Beacause of its neutral colouration of flowers and foliage this plant will go well in many settings, for example aganst the stronger colours of bold perennials, in the formality of a courtyard or urban garden or simply planted en masse to provide effective low maintenance ground cover.
Luzula nivea is a good plant for shade, either dry or moist making it useful for bringing ordered ground cover to more difficult areas. They also grow well in full sun provided there is at least a little moisture in the soil (which can be assured with a generous mulch in Spring)
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Luzula nivea is an evergreen grass, they need very little maintenane other than a ‘comb’ through the old foliage removing dead leaves in late winter before growth begins again in Spring.
How to grow Luzula nivea
Position: Sun or partial or moderate shade.
Foliage: Evergreen grass, foliage stays all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil, poorly drained and damp soil
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Tidy up plants in late winter by removing old and dead growth and the old flower stems before the new foliage emerges in Spring.