Common Bent - Agrostis capillaris


    20 to 50 cm tall, tufted with creeping rhizomes but no leafy stolons. Panicle is purplish brown and always spreading, with whorled branches.

    Similar Species

    Creeping Bent (Agrostis stolonifera) has long pointed ligules whereas Common Bent (A. capillaris) has short blunt ligules.

    Identification difficulty

    Drier and more acid grassland.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite a common grass throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 388 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map