Common Name: bentgrass, creeping
Species: Agrostis palustris Huds.
Bayer Code: AGSST

Creeping bentgrass is the most widely used cool-season grass on golf course putting greens. It is a fine-textured species that can tolerate close mowing heights and spreads by stolons. This allows it to recover from traffic and golf ball marks. However, it has very high maintenance requirements including fertilization, topdressing, mowing, and frequent fungicide applications, particularly during the summer months.
creeping bentgrass
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creeping bentgrass rolled vernation
creeping bentgrass ligule
creeping bentgrass ligule, sheath
creeping bentgrass leafblade, leaf tip
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower panicleseedhead is a compressed panicle; each spikelet is eliptical, with a single seed
Vernation Type rolledleaves rolled in the bud
Ligule Type membranousrounded or blunt, finely irregular-toothed or entire, minutely hairy on back, 0.04 - 0.08 inches (1 - 2 mm) long
Growth Season / Life Cycle cool season turf 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape sharp-pointedflat, distinctly ridged upper surface, slightly creased on lower surface, surfaces and edges rough
Leaf Blade Width narrow, less than 0.1 in OR medium, 0.1 - 0.2 in0.08 - 0.2 inches (2 - 5 mm) wide
Stolon Presence presentslender
Rhizome Presence absent 
Collar Type dividedindistinct, usually slanted with unequal sides
Sheath Margin open 
Sheath Type roundsheath is smooth