Yorkshire Fog

A couple of months ago, in the summer, I heard an assessor telling the Duke of Edinburgh group I was supervising that the grass that which grows in profusion on disturbed or burnt areas on the moors is called ‘Yorkshire Haze’. An interesting snippet of a local plant name I thought and locked it away in my grey cells.

I was reminded of the name today when crossing Pinchinthorp Moor above Hanging Stone. About two years ago the forestry plantation here was clear felled leaving it looking like Tunguska. Grass is for now the dominant plant with here and there a sprig of heather. Back home I searched for the Latin name, Holcus lanatus, with a common name of ‘Yorkshire Fog’. That must be it.

I have to admit though I’m not totally confident. There are a lot of grasses and they all look similar.


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