Grey Hair-grass, Corynephorus canescens
Copyright PH Smith
One of the Sefton Coast's nationally rare plants, Grey Hair-grass is locally frequent in Sefton. Formerly also recorded from the Freshfield area and Ainsdale Sand Dunes, it is now restricted to Southport and Ainsdale Golf Course and immediate surroundings. It prefers poor acidic soils on fixed dunes. The blue-green leaf colour is distinctive, however, examination of it's long ligule or club shaped awn [hair-like projection from flower] is required for a positive identification. Flowers are best seen between June and July.