Green Bristle-grass - Setaria viridis

    Alt Name
    Green Foxtail

    Usually an erect plant growing up to one metre in height. The leaf blades are up to 40 cm long x 2.5 cm wide and glabrous. The inflorescence is a dense, compact, green, spike-like panicle up to 20 cm long, growing erect or sometimes nodding at the tip only.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Casual of cultivated and waste ground, road verges and rubbish tips, it is mainly introduced in bird-seed.

    When to see it

    Flowering in summer and early autumn.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in much of England, more coastal further north and in Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occurs as an occasional casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map