Alopecurus
foxtail, meadow-foxtail
7 species
1 subspecies and varieties
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Alopecurus aequalislittle foxtail, short-awn foxtail
Distribution: Widespread throughout much of Washington; widespread throughout much of North America.
Habitat: Wet places, often submersed.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
var. aequalis – shortawn fescue
Alopecurus arundinaceuscreeping meadow-foxtail
Origin: Introduced
Alopecurus carolinianustufted meadow-foxtail
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: May - July
Alopecurus geniculatuswater fescue
Distribution: Distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the Atlantic Coast in Canada.
Habitat: Wet places, often in standing water.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Alopecurus myosuroidesslender meadow-foxtail
Distribution: Introduced in many parts of North America; occasional in Washington and Oregon.
Habitat: Wet places.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: June - August
Alopecurus pratensisfield meadow-foxtail
Distribution: Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Missouri, and New Jersey. Found on both sides of the Cascades in WA.
Habitat: Swampy areas in meadows, in irrigated fields, and along roadsides.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: June - July
Alopecurus saccatusPacific meadow-foxtail
Origin: Native
Flowers: May - June