In the genus Luzula are 80 or so species of tufted, grassy perennials and a few annuals grown for their attractive foliage, their shade tolerance, and their groundcovering abilities. Flowers are tiny and bloom in spring or summer. Grow in a border, woodland garden, rock garden, or as groundcover in damp shade.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsGrassy foliage. Shade tolerant. Luzula species are used as food plants by the larvae of some butterflies.
CarePlant in humusy, moist but well-drained soil of poor to moderate fertility, in partial or deep shade. If the soil is consistently moist, plants may be grown in full sun. L. nivea prefers full sun regardless.
PropagationDivide from mid-spring to early summer, or sow seed outdoors in containers in spring or fall.
ProblemsCommon problems include rust and Septoria leaf spot.