Common Couch - Elytrigia repens

Alt Name
Couch, Twitch

30 to 120 cm tall grass forming tufts and spreading by far creeping underground rhizomes. Leaves with sparse long hairs on the upper surface. Inflorescences slender, erect with spikelets 8 to 17 mm close set so that they overlap one another by at least half their length the lemmas are usually awnless.

Photo ID?

Cultivated ground, grassland, roadsides and waste areas.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Perennial. It is hard to eradicate because of its deep rhizomes, any part of which if cut can re-grow.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 596 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map