- Fast establishing.
- Tolerant of drought and low fertility.
- Excellent feeding value including summer.
- Susceptible to broad leaf herbicides.
- Slow growth in winter.
Erect, leafy, perennial herb with a deep, dense, branching fibrous root system.
Rosette of broad leaves from central crown. Leaves up to 25 cm long, often purplish at the base and each with 3 – 5 longitudinal ribs. Fine hairs on upper surface; hairy along the lower side ribs.
Tiny, four parted, creamy-white flowers with long stamens. Flowers during midsummer. Flower stems are erect, furrowed, leafless, and up to 50 cm long.
Asingle spike per stem, up to 2.5 cm long, cone-shaped or cylindrical, very compact grey-green turning dark brown-black on ripening.
~ 1 mm and oval; black-brown. 500,000/kg.
Pasture type and use
Valuable component of permanent pastures and specialist summer pastures.
Where it grows
Tolerates a broad range of soil types, fertility and pH.
Wide climate adaption; tolerant of frost; relatively heat tolerant.
Grasses: phalaris, cocksfoot, tall fescue, Bromus spp.
Legumes: sub, white and red clover.
Fodder crops: Brassica spp.
Sowing/planting rates as single species
5 – 10 kg/ha.
Sowing/planting rates in mixtures
5-10 with specialist clover pastures2- 4 kg/ha with grass pastures or Brassica fodder spp.
Sow in autumn/spring after pre-emergent weed control.
Sow with ~10-15 kg P/ha.
10 kg P/ha.
Can tolerate continuous and close grazing. Graze rotationally to gain maximum production. A 3-4 week rotation in late spring will maintain seed head palatability. Can use for silage/hay.
Ability to spread
Yes. Regenerates from self-sown seed. Is a widely naturalised species.
Pollen contains allergens associated with asthma and bronchitis.
Red-legged earthmite, slugs, snails.
Glyphosate and phenoxy-based chemicals (2,4-D, MCPA).
Good quality feed – see grazing note re late spring. High mineral concentrations include copper, zinc, selenium, cobalt. This widely used medicinal herb contains various secondary metabolites with recognised tonic and anti-biotic properties; these may benefit stock/rumen flora.
Good spring-autumn production.
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