Common woodrush

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej.

Common name(s): common woodrush, common wood-rush, woodrush, heath woodrush

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

– one of two genera of rushes in ME; Luzula is hairy, the other (Juncus) is not

– leaves often reddish in response to stressful conditions

-leaf blade width is 2-6mm

– in so. New England, may be confused with L. bulbosa or L. echinata; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


-disturbed sites

-forest edges






Go Botany. “Luzula Multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej.” Luzula Multiflora (Common Wood Rush): Go Botany, 2021,

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)