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Brown Top Bent (Agrostis Capillaris)

Key facts about Brown Top Bent

How to Recognise Brown Top Bent

feathery heads of browntop bent grass

Also known as common bent, the keen gardeners amongst you will recognise this grass species as a common constituent of bowling greens and fine turf. The slender leaves and strong stolons (underground stems) give it lots of advantages. However, when mown very short, bent grass tends to be quite susceptible to common lawn diseases.

Slim, dark green leaves and an absolutely divine, flower spike with lots of tiny seedheads wafting around on a delicately branched stem.

Where to use Brown Top Bent

In a close mown lawn, brown top bent can be beautiful but needs intensive maintenance. In a flower border or wildflower meadow though, it is reasonably self-sufficient.

Those flowering stems when seen en-mass take on a purple hue and waft serenely in the breeze. Use in prarie-type planting schemes, around a pond, or to compliment other plants in a relaxed flower border.

Brown Top Bent in Meadowmat

Brown top bent is THE ideal grass to enhance the flowering plants in Cottage Garden Meadowmat.  It’s root system makes the matting easy to harvest, transport and install. Once established those flower heads are just gorgeous. But most importantly, this delicate grass won’t out-compete or swamp the flowers growing around it.

In Species Rich Meadowmat, we love Brown Top Bent because its slow growing and happy to be mown every couple of weeks or so.

There’s another reason for liking it too – the seed is readily available and helps to keep costs as low as possible without compromising the appearance of the final product.

  • Perennial grass, proven to adapt well to almost any situation
  • Slender leaves that won’t detract from other plants
  • Tolerates mowing well
  • Slow growing and undemanding
  • Very attractive seed heads

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