One of the commonest and most distinctive grasses.
Dense egg-shaped clusters of green or purple-tinged spikelets
in 1-sided panicles. Flat bluish-green leaves, keeled and folded when young, rough edged. Long ragged ligules. Coarsely tufted, hairless. Height: To 120cm.
Abundant, roadsides, meadows, waste ground. Also on fixed dunes, coastal grassland. Grows on a wide range of fertile soils.