Timothy - Phleum pratense


A tall grass to 150 cm, with dense cylindrical panicles to 15 cm (sometimes more). The individual spikelets have two points. Named after American farmer and agriculturalist Timothy Hanson

Similar Species

Meadow Foxtail is superficially similar

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Inflorescence a ‘pointing finger’ spike. The two glumes of each floret each narrow to a pointed apex.


Roadsides, meadows, and other grasslands.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 578 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