Soft Brome

Bromus hordeaceus

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The most common form of brome found in the UK, Soft Brome is an annual grass of roadside verges, waste grounds, meadows and cultivated ground; it is considered a weed in cereal crops and on arable land. It flowers and seeds from May to August and can grow very quickly.

How to identify

Soft Brome is quite variable in form, but usually appears as a tallish grass with grey-green leaves and loosely clustered flower heads. The spikelets are compact and oval, with spiky bristles at their tips.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Many of our so-called 'weeds' are beneficial to wildlife, providing seeds and nectar for birds and insects, and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of longer grasses in your lawn and Stinging Nettles near the compost heap, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Soft Brome
Latin name
Bromus hordeaceus
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status