Cock's-foot

Dactylis glomerata

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About

Cock's-foot is an abundant, tussocky grass of grasslands, woodland rides and cultivated ground. It flowers between May and July, its rounded flower heads appearing on long stalks and giving the impression of a bird's foot, hence the common name.

How to identify

Cock's-foot has slim stems with stalked, rounded, purplish flower heads that are very loosely clustered. Its leaves are rough and have sharp edges, giving a nasty cut if pulled the wrong way.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland habitats for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways these fragile habitats are kept in good condition - supporting wildflowers and grasses, along with the invertebrates that feed on them and, in turn, the larger animals that prey on the invertebrates. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Cock's-foot
Latin name
Dactylis glomerata
Category
Grasses
Statistics
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status
Common.