It is very common in meadows and pastures throughout Britain. Its preferred habitat is moist, sheltered places. Its herbage is plentiful and fairly nutritious – not as much as Poa annua or Poa pratensis. It is useful for grazing on heavy and damp soil. It also copes well with the polluted atmosphere of towns and cities. It is in flower from June onwards throughout the summer.
It has a loose, whorled green panicle, much branched, 15 cm long.
The food plant of the caterpillars of small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), meadow brown (Maniola jurtina), gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) butterflies; common sun beetle (Amara aenea) – adults feed on the developing seeds, Eupelix cuspidata of the leafhopper family, and Myrmus miriformis a grassbug – feeds on young blades and developing seeds.
It is parasitised by grass mildew Blumeria graminis, which causes a white, powdery mildew on it.
- Clause 188.8.131.52.3 BS 7370-5
- "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
- "List of invasive species in the Great Lakes Great Lakes United / Union Saint-Laurent Grands Lacs". Retrieved 7 February 2009.
- BSBI Description retrieved 10 December 2010.
- Martin John Sutton, Permanent and Temporary Pastures (1929), p. 60
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- The Observers Book of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes. Frances Rose. pages 44–45
- Natural England description on website
- Grasses,Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. Phillips, Roger. 1980. page 65.