Cylindrical green or purplish flower spike, 5-15cm long, rough to the touch. Spikelets one-flowered with short, stout awns.Broad, rough, hairless leaves with blunt ligules. Height 30-120cm.
Widespread and common on roadsides, meadows and pastures.
Similar: Meadow Foxtail, Alopecurus pratensis. Earlier flowering, the flowerheads smooth and shiny with protruding awns.