- Yorkshire fog, Common velvet grass, Creeping soft grass, Soft meadow grass, Woolly soft grass
- Nothoholcus lanatus
- A perennial grass with a velvety texture. Plants are grayish, soft. Height ranges from 1-3.5 feet tall.
- long grass-like
- prominent midrib
- Pale green to purple tufted, papery, grass-like flowers. Inflorescence wispy and occasionally enclosed within the uppermost sheath. Blooms from May to June.
- waste places, roadsides and disturbed areas
- poor, moist soils
- also spreads vegetatively via decumbent tillers
- soil disturbance
Key ID Features:
- gray and velvety all over
- pale green to purple inflorescence
- Creeping soft grass (Holcus mollis) could possibly be mistaken for Velvet grass but does not have the purplish coloration on the panicles and veins of the sheaths. It is also lacking the soft hairs and rhizomes.
- Velvet grass is an aggressive plant and a prolific seeder if not controlled can become very numerous and threaten botanical diversity.
Growth Form: Grass
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Invasive
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Not evaluated
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: no