Red Top

Agrostis gigantea, introduced
  • Cool season, introduced species
  • Red-tinged at the base of the plant
  • Widely used as a pasture grass or hay
  • Best source of forage early in the season
  • Can also be used in lawns and as golf course turf
  • Used for erosion control along riparian zones and wetlands
  • Germinates very quickly
  • Grows well in acidic, low-fertility soils
  • Provides nesting cover for ducks and geese
  • Prefers the moist mountain areas of the West and humid areas of the Northeast
  • Well adapted to wetlands and the banks of waterways and ditches

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Rhizomatous
Flood Tolerance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Poor
Salt Tolerance Fair
Soil PH Acidic or Neutral
Soil Type Medium to Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb 4,900,000
Canopy Mature Height 40-120 cm

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