Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Meadow foxtail

1.  As kids we used to pull the seeds off meadow foxtail grass, twist the finely toothed but that was left in people’s hair and yank, pulling out a bit of hair.  We called this Chinese haircuts.  Circa 1970s, SE Lancs [Milnrow, Lancashire, October 2017].

2.  As a child evacuated to Elgin, Scotland during World War II … a grass we would not even touch was meadow foxtail, Alopecurus pratensis) because it was said to be infested with fleas [Stevenage, Hertfordshire, January 1993].

Image: A. Masclef, Atlas des plantes de France, 1891.