Common Bent is a very fine panicle grass which grows best on neutral to acidic soils. Used in sports mixture where it creates the best playing surfaces possible due to its fine texture and dense sward. It is also a component of many lawn seed mixtures along with other grasses as it is rather delicate and does not tolerate heavy wear. The flowering panicles are finely branched and look like a purple haze from a distance. They will persist over winter long after the seed has been shed. Agrostis tenuis cultivars have good summer colour and their thick growth habit helps to suppress weeds.