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Agrostis alba


Agrostis alba (Redtop)

Redtop is a creeping perennial, related to the bentgrasses. It is now found over much of the northern United States, although it originally came from Europe. The stems are slender with narrow leaves, about 1/4 inch wide. The panicle is loose and pyramidal in shape; its reddish color gives the grass its common name. Redtop is used in pasture mixes under humid conditions but is low in palatability.

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-24 Inches


- Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
A sod forming species that develops rapidly from seed and establishes well in moist soils, along roadsides and on open ground. It is often used for erosion control until slower-growing grasses become established. It is rarely seeded alone.

Good Companions
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Dudley's Rush (Juncus dudleyi), American Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis), Prairie Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation




Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

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