Nardus stricta

Nardus stricta_matgrass_James Lindsey_cropped
Photo: James Lindsey

Common names: matgrass

Nardus stricta (matgrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 1 foot tall and is found in the southwestern ranges of Oregon. It is native to Eastern Europe. It favors grasslands, wetlands, and bog and marsh habitat. It reproduces mostly through transport of tufts in mud clinging to the hooves of grazing animals. Seeds also attach to the wool of sheep.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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 Nardus stricta Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.