Field Wood-rush

Luzula campestris

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About

Field Wood-rush is a common plant of grassy areas such as lawns, greens and downlands; it is particularly keen on acidic soils but can even be found on chalk. Its dark brown, rounded flowers appear from April to May and have earned it another common name of 'Good Friday Grass'.

How to identify

A short, tuft-forming rush, Field Wood-rush has distinctive grass-like leaves that are fringed with long white hairs. Its brown flowers form rounded clusters on top of greenish stems.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Some of our most abundant species are often treated as 'weeds' when they appear in the garden. Yet they can be extremely beneficial to wildlife, providing food and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of Field Wood-rush in your lawn and Stinging Nettles near the compost heap, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
Field Wood-rush
Latin name
Luzula campestris
Category
Grasses
Statistics
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status
Common.