Flora of Northern Ireland
Nardus stricta
© Ralph Forbes
Nardus stricta
© Paul Hackney
Nardus stricta
(Map updated: March 2008)

A densely-tufted wiry grass, about 8 inches high, producing unbranched flower-spikes which carry the single-flowered spikelets along one side only, giving this species a unique and easily recognisable appearance.

It is extremely common in poor, acid, peaty moorland in areas like the Sperrins and Mourne Mountains.

All names: Nardus stricta L.