Sand Fescue is a small, tufted annual grass to 700 mm tall with fine, shiny leaves and a narrow, one-sided, green seed head in spring that turns silvery in summer. The inflorescence (seed head) is held only shortly above the uppermost leaf sheath and has numerous stalked spikelets, 25-45 mm long, each with 2-12 florets. The outer segment of each floret (lemma) has a straight bristle (awn). The upper glume has an awn and is more than 4 times the length of the lower glume.
It is native to Europe and flowers from late winter to early summer. They are commonly called Silver Grass and are weeds of agricultural land and disturbed areas.