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Creeping Bent - Agrostis stolonifera
Family - Poaceae
Also known as - Carpet Bentgrass, Redtop

Creeping Bent is variable perennial mat or tuft forming stoloniferous grass growing on a variety of soils found in meadows, grasslands, verges, woodlands, disturbed ground, marshy areas and seashores, it also spreads by seed.  Native to Eurasia and common in the UK, it is an introduced species to North America and in many other places.  Widely used as livestock forage and game bird cover, it is also commonly used in USA golf courses.

 Flowering during July and August on prostrate stems growing to 0.4-1.0M (16-39in) long with 2-10cm (0.8-4.0in) long tapering blue-green leaves and pale whitish to purplish panicles reaching up to 40cm (16in) in height.  The ligule is pointed and up to 5mm (0.20in) long, as opposed to Common Bent, Agrostis capillaris, which is short and does not come to a point.

Creeping Bent - Agrostis stolonifera, click for a larger image, photo licensed for reuse
Photo ©2006 Alfred
Creeping Bent - Agrostis stolonifera, click for a larger image, photo licensed for reuse
Photo ©2006 Alfred
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Photo ©2005 Steve Matson
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