Species: Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus)

Family: Grasses (POACEAE (GRAMINEAE))

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Grasses (POACEAE (GRAMINEAE))

This ubiquitous, diverse family includes annual, biennial, and perennial species, terrestrial and aquatic species, and deciduous and evergreen species. One reason why grasses are such successful plants is that they grow from the base, whereas most other plants grow from the tip. This means they are more likely to survive when damaged, for example by mowing, grazing, or fire. 70% of all crops are grasses, producing grains for food.

C. Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus)

Flowering from May, this greyish downy perennial native grass is very common in the cemetery. Its panicles have white or pinkish-purple spikelets.

This grass is a valuable to caterpillars of the Marbled White butterfly.

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The greyish downy, perennial, native Yorkshire Fog grass is very common in Heene Cemetery.

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As summer advances, Yorkshire Fog's appearance changes subtly.

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The panicles of Yorkshire Fog have white or pinkish-purple spikelets.

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