Colonial bentgrass

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Agrostis capillaris L.

Common name(s): colonial bentgrass, Rhode Island bentgrass, common bent, browntop

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial


-leaf blade width 1-5 mm

-proximal blades 3–10 cm and flat

-flowers July- September


-disturbed sites



Natural History:

-native to Europe



Go Botany. “Agrostis Capillaris L.” Agrostis Capillaris (Colonial Bentgrass, Rhode Island Bentgrass): Go Botany, 2021,

Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 20, 2021.

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)