Quaking-grass - Briza media

    Alt Name
    Quaking Grass

    An attractive grass 15 to 40 cm tall, that grows in loose tufts. The delicate flower stems of quaking-grass are branched with pendulous flowering spikelets that shiver in the breeze, giving the plant its common name. The leaves have a slightly waxy bloom and slender, blunt tips.

    Identification difficulty

    Dry calcareous grassland

    When to see it

    Flowering June and July.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Locally frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 213 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map