Snow-white Wood-rush at the Broadland Country Park

Snow-white Wood-rush Luzula nivea Photo: Jo Parmenter

During our spring flora group survey of Broadland Country Park, we spotted a tuft of hairy woodrush leaves, which we were unable to identify vegetatively. We returned in May and were surprised to see white flowers, which enabled us confirm the identification as the non-native Luzula nivea. This woodrush is grown in gardens, and it has been occasionally found in the wild in the UK as a garden escape so it is a bit of a mystery how it ended up at the new Country Park, well away from any gardens.

Jo Parmenter