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Winter Bentgrass

Agrostis hyemalis

Airy pink seed heads are most attractive in dense stands; seedheads break off & roll along the ground to spread seeds



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Agrostis hyemalis, also known as Winter Bentgrass or Tickle Grass, is a native annual grass.

Wildlife notes

The caterpillars of several skippers feed on the foliage of Agrostis spp. (Bent Grasses) in sunny areas. These species include Common Roadside Skipper, Leonard’s Skipper, and Fiery Skipper. Other insect feeders of these grasses include Apple-Grass Aphid and other aphids, adult Prairie Spittlebug, Toothed Flea Beetle, leaf-mining larvae of the moth Elachista illectella, and larvae of the gall wasp Tetramesa agrostidis. Larvae of the latter insect form galls on the stems.


Forage notes

This species is palatable to livestock in early spring when it is green and growing.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers full sun, mesic to dry conditions, and barren soil containing gravel or sand. However, this grass also adapts to rich loamy soil in disturbed areas.

Restoration notes

Agrostis hyemalis is most abundant along roadsides and in open pastures, scrub, and rocky areas. Habitats include hill prairies, gravel prairies, sand prairies, thin upland woodlands and eroded slopes, abandoned fields and pastures, and early stages of prairie restorations. Tickle Grass is a pioneer species that is more common in habitats that are disturbed and degraded.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

3 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Apr, May

Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.