Plants of meadow foxtail Rassvet, Rg-782, Brudzynska, Krinichni, Puszavan, 4-RA local, Donskoi 20, Pioret, and Obski were used as maternal forms for analysis of interspecific hybrids, and ventricose foxtail Dovskoi was used as paternal form.
Hay meadows are typically on fertile, neutral soils, and feature plants like knapweed and meadow buttercup, nitrogen-fixing legumes like red clover, birdsfoot trefoil and tufted vetch and many grasses such as crested dog's-tail, sweet vernal grass and meadow foxtail. When they are not being managed as hay meadows, many of these plants will 'tick over' in the sward, coming back when grazing is relaxed.
This spring, the Trust and the National Pollen Research Unit are asking people to record the early flowering grasses such as Yorkshire fog, cocksfoot, meadow foxtail and Timothy grass, as part of the UK Phenology Network's survey, which is monitoring the timing of nature's events in a changing environment.
Phenology statistics comparing grass flowering dates between 2002 and 2001 show that for the UK as a whole, cocksfoot flowered nine days earlier; meadow foxtail 13 days earlier and Yorkshire fog nine days earlier.