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Agrostis perennans (Upland bentgrass)

Agrostis perennans

Agrostis perennans (Walter) Tuck.

Upland Bentgrass, Autumn Bentgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Agrostis altissima, Agrostis elata, Agrostis oreophila, Agrostis perennans var. aestivalis, Agrostis perennans var. elata, Agrostis schweinitzii, Cornucopiae perennans


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Habitat: dry or moist thickets, open woods, unshaded areas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Clay, Loam

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Agrostis perennans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agrostis perennans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Agrostis perennans


Record Modified: 2022-11-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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