Meadow foxtail

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Alopecurus pratensis L.

Common name(s): meadow foxtail, field meadow foxtail, common foxtail

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial, rhizomatous

– in ME or MA, may be confused with A. myosuroides in moist areas; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)