Cock's-foot

Dactylis glomerata

Importance

Widespread grass of meadows, pastures, hedgerows and rough grassland.  Frequently planted for game cover. Formerly very widely cultivated.

Description

Large densely tufted perennial 30-120 cm, often forming large tussocks. Coarse-looking grass often bluish-green in colour. Flower head is one-sided, usually as a triangular panicle. Spikelets are small, flattened and condensed into oval-shaped clusters.

Ligule

Cock's-foot LiguleLong: up to 12 mm. Membranous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auricles: Absent

Leaf blade: Dull green or greyish-green. Rough, broad and sharply pointed. Folded in flattened shoot, opening later. Strongly keeled.

Cock's foot 1
Cock's foot 2
Cock's-foot Ligule PhotoCock's-foot grass ligule. Photo © HGCA.
Cock's foot 3Cock's-foot flower head. Photo © Nigel Cattlion/FLPA RM.