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Hairy Wood Rush
(Luzula pilosa)

Other scientific names: Juncoides pilosa, Luzula vernalis

Family: Rush Family (Juncaceae)

Group: Rushes

Distinctive features: Looks like grass. Hairy leaves. Blooms very early in spring in sunny patches in woods.

Flowers: Spring;  Very early spring.

Leaves: Hairy.

Height: 10-25 cm (4-10 in)

Habitat: Forests;  Clearings in woods.

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Common.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: : soft; hairy


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Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

Early growth in mid-April.

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

Unopened flower buds.

Note the hairy aspect to this plant..

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

Note the hairs along the leaf edges.

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

A patch in the early spring woods. Looks just like a patch of grass.

Hairy Wood Rush grows where there are patches of sunlight in the woods..

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

The flowers about a week later. They're pretty well spent.

Hairy Wood Rush (Luzula pilosa)

Same time frame as above.