Agrostis stolonifera L.

Common Bent

Tufted perennial grass spreading by leafy stolons, the stems thin and sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaf blade rolled in bud. Ligule membranous, blunt, usually white. Sheath not flattened, mostly hairless. Inflorescence a panicle to about 20 cm long, open at flowering; spring to summer.

Northern plains of Europe and North America

Common cool season lawn grass, especially of bowling and golf greens, as well as a weed of pastures, wasteland and roadsides.

var. palustris (Huds.) Farw., sometimes known as Marsh Bent, has stems slightly stoloniferous. Selections are popular for use in bowling greens and high quality lawns. [A. palustris Huds.]


A. stolonifera differs from A. capillaris in having leafy stolons, ligule longer than wide, and a more compact inflorescence with all the spikelet stalks rough.

Source: Spencer, R.; Aldous, D.; Stajsic, V.; McGeary, D (2005). Poaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Poaceae
genus        Agrostis Desf.