Wavy Hair-grass - Avenella flexuosa

    Alt Name
    Deschampsia flexuosa

    A tuft forming grass 25 to 40 cm tall with fine, hair-like leaves, and delicate, shaking flower heads. The loose flower heads with open clusters of delicate, purplish spikelets (containing the flowers) are held on wavy stems.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods, heaths and moors on acid soil.

    When to see it

    It flowers in June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain except parts of East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Common in the Charnwood Forest area, occasional elsewhere in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 49 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