Grassland: Selecting indicators of success for grassland enhancement (TIN050)

Group 3


Species unlikely to do well. Stress tolerant species that are poor competitors, with specific requirements and characteristic of nutrient-poor grassland.

  • Betony (N, C, A)
  • Burnet-saxifrage (N, also found on calcareous grassland and more rarely on acidic soils but not listed as an indicator for those habitats)
  • Clustered bellflower (C)
  • Common rockrose (C, A - though only likely to be found on chalk and limestone in England)
  • Devil's-bit scabious (N, C, A)
  • Dropwort (N, C)
  • Fairy flax (C but also found on flushed sites on neutral or acidic soils, though not listed as an indicator for those habitats)
  • Field scabious
  • Great burnet (N)
  • Greater knapweed (C)
  • Hairy violet (C)
  • Harebell (C, only listed as an indicator for calcareous grassland, but as long as soils are well drained it will tolerate a wide range of pH)
  • Hoary plantain (C)
  • Horseshoe vetch (C)
  • Pepper-saxifrage (N)
  • Small scabious (C)
  • Wild thyme (C, A)
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