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Westerwolds Ryegrass is an annual form of the agricultural grass species Lolium multiflorum. (other forms of which are commonly known as Italian ryegrass). None of this species group are native to Britain, they were first introduced for agriculture around 1830. This ryegrass is one of the quickest germinating and fastest growing temperate grasses there is. It produces a lush growth of broad shiny green leaves. In good growing conditions it will emerge from sowing within a few days and produce a cover crop in weeks. Whilst these qualities are not usually what is required for habitat creation it does have a special role in some schemes where a quick initial establishment of ground cover is essential (see below)
Birdsfoot trefoil is a perennial legume of short to medium height. Cultivated varieties of this species tend to be significantly taller than wild native forms, having a more lush and erect growth form; tallest when growing amongst, and supported by grasses. They have trifoliate leaves (hence ‘trefoil’), flowers in clusters which are mainly yellow (less orange and red tinges compared to wild forms), and long cylindrical pods in groups which spread out to resemble a bird’s foot.
Are you looking to increase your knowledge to get more from your wild flower sowings, perhaps with some hands on practical tips on sowing and mowing? If so then the events Emorsgate are running or participating in this summer would be of interest to you.
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