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.

Photo ID?

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

UK Map