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Agrostis exarata Trin.
Spike bentgrass, Spiked bent, Spike red top
Synonyms: Agrostis aenea, Agrostis alaskana, Agrostis ampla, Agrostis asperifolia, Agrostis longiligula, Agrostis melaleuca, Agrostis microphylla var. major
USDA Symbol: agex
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A tufted grass from 1-4 ft. tall. Culms may be slender to relatively stout and are topped with a seedhead that is usually dense and spikelike but sometimes interrupted and somewhat open. The branches are always strongly erect and green to purplish.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , KY , MT , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , VT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
AK to CA, e. to Alt., TX & Mex.; also locally to the Dakotas & NE Native Habitat:
Moist meadows; canyons USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Various moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Food: Seeds harvested for food by indigenous peoples.
Larval Host: The Grass Family is an essential larval food for most branded skippers and most of the satyrs.
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff