Annual Meadow-grass

Poa annua

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  3. Annual Meadow-grass


Annual Meadow-grass is a very common, short-lived grass found in bare grassland, on disturbed ground and waste grounds, and even in turfed lawns. It flowers throughout the year, but is most prolific in spring. As with certain other vigorous grasses, it can become a nuisance on agricultural land and these species are often considered to be weeds.

How to identify

Annual Meadow-grass is a low-growing grass which is a light green colour. It grows from a central base, to which all the shoots can be traced, and has a creeping rootstock. The blade-like leaves are blunt-tipped and the yellow-green flower head is triangular with branched spikelets that contain the flowers.

Where to find it



When to find it

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  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland habitats for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways these fragile habitats are kept in good condition - supporting wildflowers and grasses, along with the invertebrates that feed on them and, in turn, the larger animals that prey on the invertebrates. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Annual Meadow-grass
Latin name
Poa annua
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status