Meadow Foxtail - Alopecurus pratensis


    Tufted grass 30 to 100 cm tall, usually erect, occasionally kneed at base. Panicles are cylindrical, blunt and soft 2 to 10 cm long and 5 to 10 mm wide. Green or purple flushed. Spikelets are 4 to 6 mm long oblong to elliptical having lanceolate pointed glumes fringed with hairs on the keels.

    Similar Species

    Timothy is superficially similar

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    An early flowering grass. Inflorescence a ‘pointing finger’ spike. Each floret has a single awn emerging from its centre.


    Meadows and grass verges.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    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 595 of the 617 tetrads.

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