Scientific name: Dactylis glomerata
Common names: Cocksfoot, Orchard grass, Kropaargras
Seeding rate: 1.5 g/m² (15 kg/ha)
Growth cycle: Perennial
Growth season: Cool season
Cocksfoot is a perennial temperate grass known for its persistence, longevity, high production into early summer and extensive fibrous root system. Cocksfoot originates from Eurasia and North Africa. Its common name “orchard grass” refers to its ability to grow in orchards. Cocksfoot is used for pasture, hay and soil conservation. It combines well with annual and perennial legumes e.g. clover spp. and birdsfoot trefoil and with grasses e.g. perennial ryegrass. It is widely cultivated throughout the world, mainly in temperate and subtropical regions.