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Florin, Fine bentgrass

Gramineae, Poaceae Agrostis alba L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Redtop is a creeping perennial, related to the bentgrasses. It is now found over much of the northern United States, although originally from Europe. The stems are slender. Leaves are narrow, about 0.25 inch. The panicle is loose and pyramidal in shape, and reddish in color, which accounts for the name. Redtop is used in pasture mixes under humid conditions, also in lawns and golf greens in the Southeast. It is low in palatability, but grows and forms a sod quickly, and so protects from erosion until slower-growing grasses become established. It is rarely seeded alone.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha