Marsh Foxtail - Alopecurus geniculatus


Creeping or sometimes floating plant it has 'kneed' L shaped stems that grow parallel to the ground before turning upwards. Sometimes rooting at lower joints. Panicles are dense 2 to 7 cm long and narrow. Anthers yellow or purplish.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Decumbent (creeping along the ground but with the end turning up), with bent 'knees' 


Wet areas, marshes, on mud and in shallow pools.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in damp locations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 407 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map