About Amenity Grass – Bent Grasses – Identification and Suitability

Phoenix Amenity Supplies offers a comprehensive range of amenity grass species and varieties in our specially formulated grass seed mixtures. This Species Identification and Suitability Guide has been created as a support for customers and advisors to help with their choice of species and seed mixtures.


Bent varieties can be found in the following Phoenix Amenity Seed Mixtures: 


Browntop Bent – Agrostis tenuis:

  • Description:  A perennial grass species, tuft forming with short rhizomes, it is hairless and grows mainly on sandy soils, it forms surface and underground runners. The shoots are soft which distinguishes it from meadow foxtail. Flowering period, June to August
  • Suitability: Used for ornamental lawns chosen for its’ fresh colour which it holds during drought conditions. The best varieties are tolerant to close mowing and so are used on Golf greens. The uncultivated varieties are tolerant to poor dry sandy soils, can be found on burnt moorland. It is very hardy but does not tolerate lime
  • Height: 20-100cm


Creeping Bent – Agrostis stoloniferea:

  • Description: A perennial grass that is a drooping grass that forms roots at the nodes. It has hairless shoots, is very common and prefers wet places, although it can survive drought in lawns. Creeping bent sometimes called white bent grass, is an aggressive grass on clay soils that is difficult to combine with other grasses, it adapts so well to the conditions that it is often difficult to identify because of its’ variability. It forms a dense sward and is very hardy. In wet summers fungi may develop in the dense mass
  • Suitability: Fallow land, often found on salty soil, it prefers wet nutritious soils. Is distinguishable from browntop bent during flowering when the panicle contracts. Flowers June to September
  • Height: 10-100cm


Other Types of Bent Grasses:

  • Velvet or Brown Bent
  • Loose Silky Bent


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