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Cocksfoot. Amanda Sharpcocksfoot

Dactylis glomerata

  • 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

Where found

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'