Very common in all arable areas occurring on light and heavy soils. May become a problem on lighter soils.
Tufted perennial 30-60 cm. Spreads by surface rooting stolons. Distinguished from Common couch by longer ligule, lack of auricles and fine leaves. Flower head is a narrow pyramid of cylindrical shape, spreading when in flower but closed up when mature. Spikelets are small, narrow, single flowered and awnless.
Leaf blade: Green, greyish or bluish tinge. Long and narrow, tapering to acute point. Hairless but minutely rough. Rolled when young, flat later.