Flowerheads +/- cylindrical, short-branched and often tapering towards tip. Short-stalked, 2-3 flowered, purplish or greenish-white spikelets, glumes with silvery margins. Tufted, usually downy perennial with flat, +/- rough, greyish-green leaves. Height 10-30cm.
Can be locally abundant on dry, sandy or calcareous grassland and dunes. Most frequent in the western half of Ireland.
Crested Hair-grass. Barley Cove, Co.Cork. June 2008