Sweet Vernal-grass - Anthoxanthum odoratum


Tufted grass 10 to 40 cm tall with pointed leaf blades, 1.5 to 5 mm wide. Panicles spread out in flower, but close in fruit. Spikelets are 6 to 10 mm long, with hairy glumes.

Identification difficulty

Grassy places of all kinds.

When to see it

April to July.

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 541 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