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Luzula multiflora (Common woodrush)
Smith, R.W.

Luzula multiflora

Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej.

Common Woodrush, Woodrush

Juncaceae (Rush Family)


USDA Symbol: LUMU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

Densely tufted stems topped by 4-12 spike-like or head-like clusters of many tiny, brownish flowers enclosed in small shiny bracts, with leaf-like bracts beneath each cluster. Most of the many woodrushes that grow in North America are rather difficult to tell apart. In spite of the resemblance of rushes and woodrushes to grasses or sedges, they have the same number and arrangement of flower parts as lilies.

A member of the family Juncaceae which includes herbs, rarely shrubs, with mostly grass-like leaves, usually in a basal tuft, and small greenish or brownish flower in dense spikes or heads or sometimes in loose clusters or even solitary.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: Alaska and British Columbia south and east across Canada to Greenland and Newfoundland, south to South Carolina, west to Missouri, and north to South Dakota and Minnesota; also from Montana south to New Mexico and westward.
Native Habitat: Fields and open woods.


Warning: Plants in the genus Lupinus, especially the seeds, can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Luzula multiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Luzula multiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Luzula multiflora


Record Modified: 2015-03-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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