Botanical name: Agrostis
Botanical name: Agrostis
Species of Bentgrass
Clavate bentgrass are a large genus with species found across the world, with many hundreds of species names linked to them. Clavate bentgrass are wind-pollinated, are usually tufted with clustered spikelets as flowers, and have flat leaf blades.
Elliott's bentgrass is distinctive for its tiny, delicate spikelets that grow to be just 3 millimeters long. Even its awns (grass flowers) reach a maximum of only 10 millimeters, making it easily distinguishable from its sister species. Interestingly, the flowers grow right off the branches of elliott's bentgrass rather than on their own stems.
Upland bentgrass (Agrostis perennans) is a perennial bunchgrass from the Americas. It can be found in wooded areas or open fields. It also tolerates many different soil types. Young shoots are good fodder for livestock, and several types of caterpillar also eat upland bentgrass.
Creeping bent is a perennial grass that is useful for landscaping and gardening. It is most frequently used as turf for golf courses. Creeping bent is considered invasive in some regions of the US. It is a stoloniferous plant - it forms long stolons, often called runners, connecting plants of the same species together and forming tufts.
Redtop is a perennial grass that's native to Europe and parts of North America. The survival of rhizomes and seeds enable it to do well in response to fires, which is why the Agrostis gigantea was planted in areas that were disturbed by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. This grass can be found in open woodland, hedgerows, roadsides, and waste ground, plus as a weed on arable land.
Rough bent (Agrostis scabra) is a common species of grass that is native to much of Asia and North America and has been introduced elsewhere in the world. It is a type of tumbleweed and can be found in a variety of different habitats, from dry prairies to wetlands and swamps.
Agrostis capillaris or colonial bentgrass is native to Eurasia and has been introduced in many places around the world. The plant makes an excellent lawn and is popular as playing turf for golf courses.
Spike Bentgrass (Agrostis exarata) is indigenous to western North America. Other names for this perennial grass include Pacific bentgrass, western bentgrass, and spike redtop. In the wild, you’ll find it growing profusely anywhere where there’s a lot of drenched soil. This could be along a river or stream, or in wetlands. However, this resilient plant can withstand extended periods of dry soil.
Idaho bentgrass(Agrostis idahoensis) is a perennial grass that occurs in several habitat types, but it mostly prefers wet areas. It was named after the US state of Idaho (the specific Latin epithet "idahoensis" refers to the state of Idaho), though it naturally occurs throughout much of western North America.
Seashore bentgrass (Agrostis pallens) is a cool-season grass native to western North America. It can be used as a replacement for traditional lawns in its native range, where it won't need heavy-duty chemical fertilizers or a lot of watering. If left natural, it can require half as much water and care as regular lawns.
Pincushion grass are a large genus with species found across the world, with many hundreds of species names linked to them. Pincushion grass are wind-pollinated, are usually tufted with clustered spikelets as flowers, and have flat leaf blades.