Meadow foxtail or the field meadow foxtail

Grass profile

  • Latin Name: Alopecurus pratensis
  • Alopex: greek fox
  • Oura: greek tail
  • Pratum: lat. meadow
  • Family: Sweetgrasses/Poaceae
  • Type of forage: Grasses

Meadow foxtail grass (Alopecurus pratensis)

The meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis) is a plant species of the genus foxtail grasses in the family of sweet grasses. It is a persistent upper grass with a high feed value.

The meadow foxtail is regionally also called donkey grass, dog grass, rattail, fox feather duster, hair puller or rye grass.

The persistent meadow foxtail grass is a grass growing in loose or dense horsts. It grows runners up to 10 cm long and upright stalks up to 100 cm high. The linear leaves are 4 to 10 mm wide.

The small 4 to 6 mm long spikelets carry an almost as long awn and are combined at the end of the stalks to compact, 3 to 10 cm long spikelets. Two forms can be distinguished on the basis of the colouring of the panicle (green or blackish).

Also an ear panicle grass is the superficially similar meadow timothy, which populates similar locations. It can easily be distinguished by the missing awn

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Occurrence meadow foxtail grass

Well water-supplied and nutrient-rich, as well as stagnant and oxygen-poor soils are preferentially populated by meadow foxtail grass. Accordingly, it is a typical type of wet to fresh fatty meadow from the valleys to the mountain ridge, which is also often cultivated.

Effect of meadow foxtail grass

The grass is considered a good fodder plant, which also tolerates repeated pruning. However, the meadow foxtail grass can only tolerate grazing to a limited extent.

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