Agrostis stolonifera L.

Creeping Bent

Sp. Pl. 62 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Like A. capillaris but differing in having leafy stolons (with short rhizomes sometimes present), ligule mostly longer than wide (1.5–7 mm) and inflorescence rather dense with branches rarely exceeding 3 cm in length, bearing spikelets below halfway and pedicels scabrous throughout. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalised in all States except NT. Indigenous throughout Europe, temperate Asia and North America, widely introduced in cooler temperate countries. Often grown on surfaces requiring a low, close turf (lawns, bowling and golf greens). Naturalized in scattered areas in cooler southern Victoria (e.g. Hawkesdale, Hordern Vale near Cape Otway, Creswick, Lilydale, Walwa, Yarragon and Orbost areas in Gippsland) usually along road verges, but not common.

Sometimes considered capable of hybridising with Polypogon monspeliensis, the product supposedly being an intergeneric hybrid ×Agropogon littoralis. However, there is no evidence (at least in Victoria) that this species is anything other than a normal, true-breeding species, here treated as Polypogon lutosus.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-10
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Agrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Agrostis stolonifera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Agrostis stolonifera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory