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Golden Wood Rush

Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea'

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Golden Wood Rush (Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Golden Wood Rush foliage

Golden Wood Rush foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

This compact mound has slender, arching, grassy foliage; the leaves are yellow to chartreuse during the summer, then turning brown in cold climates at winter; great for naturalizing woodland areas or in containers

Ornamental Features

Golden Wood Rush features airy clusters of green flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its grassy leaves are gold in color. The foliage often turns brown in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Wood Rush is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Wood Rush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Golden Wood Rush will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Golden Wood Rush is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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