Bearded Couch - Elymus caninus


A tufted grass without runners or creeping rhizomes, 30 to 100 cm tall. It is distinguished by the long (7 to 20 mm) awns to its lemmas.


Wooded and shaded areas and river banks.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Much less frequent than the related Elytrigia repens it is widespread in Britain but less so around the south-east coast of England and the far north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 105 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map