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Agrostis scabra Willd.
Fly-away grass, Rough bent, Rough bentgrass, Ticklegrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Agrostis geminata, Agrostis hyemalis var. geminata, Agrostis hyemalis var. scabra, Agrostis hyemalis var. tenuis, Agrostis scabra ssp. septentrionalis, Agrostis scabra var. geminata, Agrostis scabra var. septentrionalis
USDA Symbol: agsc5
Rough bent or ticklegrass is a perennial clump grass, 3 1/2 ft. tall, with long, delicate branches that branch again toward the top. The inflorescence is wide and occupies most of the height of the plant. At first, the inflorescence is purple-green and shining, then tan. It often breaks off and floats around like a tumbleweed.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
, WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution:
Nf. to AK,
s. to FL, LA, NM
& CA Native Habitat:
Moist meadows; streamsides; open woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry CaCO3 Tolerance:
Low Soil Description:
Mucky to moist, sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
When A. hiemalis is separated from A. scabra, its range is from the eastern U.S. to WI, KS
& TX. Without A. hiemalis, the range of A. scabra does not include the extreme s.e. U.S.
Larval Host: The Grass Family is an essential larval food for most branded skippers and most of the satyrs.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff