Agrostis stolonifera L.
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Agrostis stolonifera, commonly known as creeping bent, spreading bent, is a grass.
Agrostis stolonifera was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
The comparatively fast-growing and short-lived grasses reach heights of 30 to 50 centimetres.
Agrostis stolonifera is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Agrostis stolonifera produces spikes of purple flowers from July to August.
The grasses produce brown caryopses in summer.
Agrostis stolonifera is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northwest India, West-Siberia, East Siberia, Sakhalin, the Kamtschatka Peninsula, Tibet, the Himalaya, Mongolia, China, Korea and North Africa and is naturalized in Japan, North America, Central America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They prefer sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 5,1 and 7,5. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4).
The recommended planting distance is 30 centimetres. Suited for roof greening.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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