Keep a look out for the ripening fruit of the Horse Chestnut, the conker.
- A very common grass
- Flower head has 3 or more compact spikes looking a little like a cock’s foot, hence the name
- The base of the stem is flat in cross section
- Look out for its protruding anthers (a tiny club-like structure) to tell its flowering
All grassland and waste ground
When to look for
Fabulous cocksfoot facts
- Widely used as a hay and pasture grass because of its high yields and sugar content
- As with other grasses, the pollen can cause hay fever in some people
- It is sold in pots as Cat Grass as domestic cats enjoy chewing the young blades
- Also known as 'orchard grass'