Early Hair-grass - Aira praecox


A slender erect plant, 5 to 30 cm tall with bristle-like grey green leaves which soon wither. It has a dense, oval to oblong spike like panicle, smooth leaf sheaths and untoothed, 3 mm long ligules.

Photo ID?

Dry, sandy places, rocky outcrops and heath grassland.

When to see it

Flowering April to June

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but rather local.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in Charnwood Forest, occasional elsewhere in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 30 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map