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

    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

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map