Agrostis stolonifera

Agrostis stolonifera_ creeping bentgrass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Agrostis alba L. var palustris (Huds.), Agrostis maritima Lam., Agrostis palustria Huds., Agrostis stolonifera L. var. compacta

Common names: creeping bent; carpet bent; redtop bent; seaside bentgrass

Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bentgrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) and is located throughout California. Creeping bentgrass is an escaped turfgrass that can aggressively out-compete native grass species by forming dense mats.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


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.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Agrostis stolonifera Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bent) florets. Photo: Zoya Akulova
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    Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bent) growth habit. Photo: Zoya Akulova
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    Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bent) inflorescence. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Agrostis stolonifera_leaf blade and sheath_ZoyaAkulova
    Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bent) leaf blade and sheath. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Agrostis stolonifera_young plant with roots_ZoyaAkulova
    Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bent) young plant with roots. Photo: Zoya Akulova