penny grass

1) A popular name for several different plants, influenced by the shape of the leaves or seed-pods.

Henry Best was probably referring to the meadow plant yellow-rattle when he wrote: 1642 soe soone as the pennie-grasse beginne to welke and seeme dry, then is it time to beginne to mowe, Elmswell. This was widely-held farming wisdom, articulated in 1613 by Markham in The English Husbandman.

places Elmswell
dates 1642

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