Water Bent - Polypogon viridis

    Alt Name
    Beardless Rabbitsfoot Grass

    A sturdy grass with dense but interrupted panicles of pale green to purplish flowers, the glumes and lemma without awns. Trailing stems, 60 to100 cm, rooting at nodes. Ligule is oblong with a lobed membrane.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Found as a casual on tips and damp waste ground, it is spreading as a weed of nurseries, gardens and pavement cracks often favouring main roads and urban areas.

    When to see it

    Flowering June to September.

    Life History

    A short-lived, stoloniferous perennial, often flowering in first year.

    UK Status

    An alien that is swiftly spreading in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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