Cock's-foot

Name: Cock's-foot

Scientific name: Dactylus glomerata

Category: Grasses

Nature Stars: 20

What are nature stars?

About: It flowers between May and July. Its leaves are rough and have sharp edges, giving a nasty cut if pulled the wrong way.

How to identify: Cock's-foot has slim stems with stalked, rounded, purplish flower heads that are very loosely clustered

Where: Common and found on grasslands, woodland rides and cultivated ground.

Fantastic fact: Its rounded flower heads appearing on long stalks and giving the impression of a bird's foot, hence the common name.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey


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