Field wood-rush

Field Wood-rush

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Field wood-rush

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Scientific name: Luzula campestris
Field wood-rush is a short rush that forms tufts in grassy places, such as lawns, parks and downlands. A defining characteristic is its leaf-like leaves that are fringed with long, white hairs.

Top facts


Height: up to 25cm

Conservation status


When to see

January to December


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 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'.

What to look for

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

Where to find


Did you know?

Field Wood-rush is also known as 'Sweep's Broom' because of the brush-like appearance of its flowers.