Yorkshire-fog - Holcus lanatus

Alt Name
Yorkshire Fog
Description

Tufted grass to 100 cm, softly greyish hairy throughout, the inflorescence often with a purplish pink tinge, especially when young.

Similar Species

Similar to Holcus mollis but that species has more or less hairless stems whereas Holcus lanatus has downy stems. The node hairs of Holcus lanatus are not as long as those of Holcus mollis. The two species do hybridise to give Holcus x hybridus.

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Habitat

In all types of grassland, roadside verges and waste ground.

When to see it

May to July.

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 596 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map