Foxtail (2)

Alopecurus arundinaceus

Creeping Meadow Foxtail
Alopecurus arundinaceus

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
AKA: Creeping Foxtail
Photo taken on: July 21, 2017
Location: Monte Vista NWR, SLV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Wet, somewhat alkaline soil by rivers, sloughs, ponds

Grows over 3 feet tall with flat leaves that are ½" across and 3" to 16" long. The flower head is a cylindrical dense spike up to 4" long. When young it looks like Timothy, when mature it turns blackish and looks like a small Cattail. Timothy's seed heads turn a light brown at maturity. The individual spikelets are a single flat flower which has hairs along the edges.

Alopecurus pratensis

Meadow Foxtail
Alopecurus pratensis

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
AKA: Field Meadow Foxtail
Photo taken on: July 4, 2017
Location: Dillon Pinnacles, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: dry to moist meadows, riverbanks, roadsides

Grows 4 to 5 feet tall with flat, ½" wide leaves up to 16" long. Flower heads are a cylindrical spike up to 4" long with densely packed spikelets. It is planted as a pasture grass. Compare to Timothy.

Grasses, Sedges & Rushes