Agrostis avenacea

Agrostis avenacea_ Pacific bentgrass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Agrostis retrofracta

Common names: Pacific bentgrass

Agrostis avenacea (Pacific bentgrass) is a perennial grass (family Pocaceae) commonly found throughout northern California and San Diego County. This weed easily outcompetes native vegetation. Pacific bentgrass inhabits open, disturbed, often moist places to 300 m elevation. It is especially invasive in vernal pool habitat in the San Diego area.

Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
  • Cal-IPC News - Our quarterly newsletter. Each issue is available as a pdf.
  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

    Other Resources

    • USDA PLANTS database -
      Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
    • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora -Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
    • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
    • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.

    Symposium Presentations

    • Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California bernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • None for this species.