Common in grassland, cultivated for fodder or grazing.
Rather coarse tufted grass with many varieties covering a range of growth habits. Generally light green or greyish-green. Dense cylindrical spike giving the alternative common name. Spikelets are small (2-3 mm), single flowered and tightly packed often tinted pink or white, extremely short awns.
Leaf blade: Leaf-blades elongate, flat, 10-30 cm long, 5-8 mm broad, sabre-shaped, tapering to a very thin point. Youngest leaf rolled.