Creeping Bent

Agrostis stolonifera

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  3. Creeping Bent


Creeping Bent lives up to its common name - its stems run along the ground before growing upright. Found on grasslands, damp arable fields and waste grounds, it flowers between June and August. It is thought that it hybridises with Common Bent and the result has developed a tolerance to heavy metal pollutants.

How to identify

Creeping Bent has ligules (membranous leaf sheaths) for leaves and fairly tightly clustered, purplish spikelets (containing the flowers). The flower spike is less branched than in other forms of bent.

Where to find it



When to find it

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How can people help

Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our rough grasslands and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Creeping Bent
Latin name
Agrostis stolonifera
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status