Quaking-grass - Briza media

Alt Name
Quaking Grass

An attractive grass 15 to 40 cm tall, that grows in loose tufts. The delicate flower stems of quaking-grass are branched with pendulous flowering spikelets that shiver in the breeze, giving the plant its common name. The leaves have a slightly waxy bloom and slender, blunt tips.

Photo ID?

Dry calcareous grassland

When to see it

Flowering June and July.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 213 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map