Crested Dog's-tail

Name: Crested Dog's-tail

Scientific name: Cynosurus cristatus

Category: Grasses

Nature Stars: 40

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About: Crested Dog's-tail is native the UK and grows in grasslands and meadows. It can be found in many different kinds of soils, but is generally it's seen in dryer areas and doesn't like to be waterlogged.

How to identify: Its short, upright flower spikes make it relatively easy to spot. It grows in tufts and is a rather stiff-looking grass with narrow, green leaves. At the end of the stem is a tightly packed cluster of spikelets (containing the flowers) which form a long, rectangular shape.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: This plant was once used for making bonnets!

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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