Cock's-foot - Dactylis glomerata

    Alt Name
    Cocksfoot Grass
    Description

    Robust and more or less hairless plant to 1 metre with stiff, rough, grey green leaves. Inflorescence is erect 3 to 15 cm long, with one or two stiff lower branches and a longer upper branch. All bear dense ovoid clusters of flattened green or purple tinged spikelets. Cock's-foot is a species that can be affected by vivipary which causes abnormal development and growth (see an explanation on the 'Cabinet of Curiosities' website using the link in 'Further Information' section below)

    Habitat

    Meadows and roadsides.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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 606 of the 617 tetrads.

    Further Information

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map