Compact, egg-shaped flowerheads with 2-flowered silvery spikelets. Flowers with bent awns. Very narrow, hairless, bristle-like leaves with smooth sheaths and long, pointed ligules. Height 5-15cm.
Widespread and locally frequent on dry, bare acidic soils. Less frequent in central Ireland.
Similar: Silver Hair-grass, Aira caryophyllea
Early Hair-grass. Gougane Barra, Co.Cork. June 2008