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Meadow brome

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Meadow brome (Bromus commutatus) is an annual or biannual grass. It grows to a height of around 40 - 120 cm. It is very loosely tufted and sometimes solitary. Mature plants have dense soft hairs on the sheaths. Leaves are greyish-green in colour. Individual blades are finely pointed and up to 25 cm long, flat and 3 - 7 mm wide. Panicles are loose, open and eventually drooping to one side. Compact flower spikelets are hairless and occur in early summer. The inflorescences are often used for decorative purposes.

Occurrence and spread

Meadow brome is widespread across the UK, most frequently found on moist lowland soils especially on cultivated land and in rough grassland. Seed is larger than barren brome and can remain viable for up to 10 years. It requies light and warmth to germinate.

Control and management

Control can be achieved by a variety of herbicides.

Control can be achieved by a variety of herbicides. For example propoxycarbazone-sodium (e.g. Attribute) , an ALS-inhibiting herbicide, is useful for the control of most bromes and will also help with the management of other grass weeds such as couchloose silky bent, black-grass, wild-oats and onion couch. Economic control threshold is approximately 2 plant every 1 square metre. Seek advice from your BASIS qualified adviser.


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