Scientific name: Holcus lanatus
The soft, downy look of Yorkshire-fog makes it an attractive plant, even if it is considered a weed of cultivated land! It is also attractive to the caterpillars of the Small Skipper butterfly as a foodplant.
StatsHeight: up to 1m
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutYorkshire-fog is a tufted, grey-green and downy plant of meadows, woodland rides, waste ground and lawns. Its purple-tinged flower heads appear from May to August. It can produce dense stands that push out other species and is can be considered a weed of arable land.
However, it is still valuable to wildlife and is the main foodplant of the caterpillars of the small skipper butterfly.