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Creeping Soft Grass
Holcus mollis
Mínfhear reatha
Family: Poaceae

Flowering: July-August. Perennial. Native.

Branched, downy flower-heads with 2-flowered spikelets. Each flower has a prominent curved awn protruding from it.
Conspicuously hairy stem-joints but the stems and leaf-sheaths
are usually hairless. Flat, soft, greenish leaves.

Locally frequent on well-drained acidic or neutral soils. Woods, heaths, waste ground. Can spread into damper grassland.

Similar: Yorkshire Fog, H. lanatus.


Creeping Soft Grass, Holcus mollis. Images Jane Sellers, July 2021

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