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