Dense, cylindrical, greenish flowering spike, tapering at both ends.
Numerous 1-flowered spikelets with protruding silky awns. Anthers variable in colour, can be yellow-brownish or purple. Roughish flat leaves with inflated upper sheaths and blunt ligules. More/less tufted. Erect stems. Height: 40-100cm.
Prefers moist, fertile soil, avoiding water-logged or light, dry ground. Roadsides, fields, woodland edges. Widespread, but less frequent in Western Ireland.
Similar: Marsh Foxtail, Alopecurus geniculatus
Meadow Foxtail, Alopecurus pratensis