I can be as guily as some others by not always paying more attention to the grasses, sedges and rushes that surround us, but you surely could not miss this one! Down by the river last weekend I came across clumps of these tall and droopy sedges growing on the banks. They can grow up… Read More Pendulous Sedge Carex pendula
I have always loved this grass which covers the local fields. It ripples like waves on a calm ocean when the wind blows through it. Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus), local field, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.
Photograph of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) taken December 2009, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2009.
Photographs of Bulrushes, taken December 2012 local pond, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.
Grasses dominate the English rural landscape, not just as meadows and pastures, but also as crops which feed man and animal alike. Grasses easily recolonise waste ground and cover waysides and embankments, and mixed meadow-grasses make for a most beautiful summer spectacle. We all know what grasses are like, they are such a common sight,… Read More About Grasses, Sedges And Rushes
Bromopsis ramosa An elegant, arching grass with long-stalked spikelets. It has dark green, drooping leaves, and very hairy stalks. Perennial Plant height 1.8m. Flower size 2cm. Flowers July to August. It is found in shaded hedgerows and woodland. Common and widespread, especially in the south and east of England. Photographs of Hairy-brome (Bromopsis ramosa), taken… Read More Hairy-brome
Typha latifolia Also called ‘Common Bulrush’ and ‘Greater Reedmace’, this is a tall freshwater perennial plant. It has stout stems and grows from rhizomes. It has flat sword-like grey-green leaves, and tall spiky flowers borne one above the other. The female is the thicker brown velvety cigar-like flower, whilst directly above this the yellow flower… Read More Bulrush
Leymus arenarius This is a dense growing, blue-green grass with broad leaves and tall flower spikes. The spikes consist of many overlapping, flattened spikelets. Perennial. Plant height 1.5m. Flower size 35cm long. Flowers July to August. Found on the coast in sand dunes and upper beaches. It is a primary sand dune builder. Common and… Read More Lyme-grass
Phragmites australis This is a tall and robust perennial reed which often forms vast stands near freshwater margins. The spikelets are purplish-brown in colour, the green leaves being long and broad. It can grow up to 2m tall. Flowers August to September, but turns brown and remains throughout the winter. Found in marshes, pools, and… Read More Common Reed
Briza media This delightfully named grass is one of my very favourites, especially when it goes to seed. They remind me a little of little hanging oriental lanterns, and the dry whisper sound it makes as a breeze stirs the dry husks is quite magical. A very distinctive perennial grass, the flowers in an open… Read More Quaking Grass
Photographs of a collection of wild flowers and grasses, taken August 2016, East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
After a week’s very hot weather, it has encourged much of the grass in the local fields to go to seed.
Hordeum murinum A tufted grass which produces unbranched, bristly flower spikes. The leaves are light green, flat and hairy. Annual. Plant height 30cm. Flower size 9 to 10cm. Flowers May to July. It is found on bare ground, waste ground, roadside verges, field and wood margins, and coastal areas. Common and widespread in central, southern… Read More Wall Barley
Holcus lanatus Walking through a local field I came across drifts of this beautiful grass. It is a variable, tufted grass with grey-green leaves and tall, downy stems. The pinkish-red flowers are tightly packed to begin with, until they spread and open out in two-flowered spikelets. It is a perennial grass, and grows up to… Read More Yorkshire Fog