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Cocksfoot

Dactylis glomerata

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Distinctive and easy to identify with its oval purplish flowerheads. Stalks long and round.
Fruit:
Narrow, pointed, oval, reddish-purple seeds. 1-sided, feather-like and up to 8mm long. The genus part of the Botanical name for this plant, Dactylis, is derived from the Greek word for 'finger' and it is referring to the shape of the seed heads. The name of the plant itself, Cocksfoot, is also referring to the shape of the seed heads.
Leaves:
The foliage is coarse and grows in compact tufts. It's dark blue-green linear leaf blades can reach a maximum of 1.5cm wide and can reach a length of up to 50cm.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Other Names:
Barnyard Grass, Cat Grass, Cockspur, Orchard Grass.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, meadows, woodland.