Creeping Bent lives up to its common name – its stems run along the ground before growing upright. Found on grasslands, damp arable fields and waste grounds, it flowers between June and August. It is thought that it hybridises with Common Bent and the result has developed a tolerance to heavy metal pollutants.
How to identify?
Creeping Bent has ligules (membranous leaf sheaths) for leaves and fairly tightly clustered, purplish spikelets (containing the flowers). The flower spike is less branched than in other forms of bent.