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An occasional species of dry, bare, grassy places including wayside and meadows



  • Soft Brome: bull grass

    Post date: Sunday, 25 October, 2015 - 00:00

    I have been criticised in the past for applying 'emotional' adjectives to certain animals and plants. It seems describing an flower as beautiful or an insect as ugly is just not scientific and human emotion should be left out of descriptions. However, having been bit of a rebel all my life I am going to do it again and describe soft brome (Bromus hordeaceus) as a very elegant grass species.

    Soft brome does not grow particularly tall, anything from one to three fee depending on the conditions that exist where it is growing, but it holds its head up proudly and does not bow over like most other bromes. The spikelets are formed in a narrow cluster at the top of the stem and point upwards. The stems and leaves are generally hairy and the leaves are quite small, narrow and pointed, and grow alternately up the stem.

    Probably the most common species of brome, soft brome grows on roadside verges, on waste ground, in meadows and also on cultivated ground where, naturally, it is considered a weed. It flowers from May until August.

    It is also known as bull grass and soft chess brome.


Common Name Soft-brome
Scientific Name Bromus hordeaceus
Species Group Grasses
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