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Stenotaphrum secundatum

St. Augustine grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Turf Grasses

This coarse-textured grass from tropical and subtropical regions spreads fast by surface runners that root at joints. Dark green leaves to 3/8 in. wide on coarse, wiry, flattened stems. Turns brown during short winter dormancy, can creep into planting beds, produces thick thatch, and must be cut with a power mower. On the plus side, it takes much traffic, has few pest problems, is fairly tolerant of salt and shade, and is easily removed from plantings (the roots are shallow). Plant from sod, plugs, or stolons. Mow to 1 1/2–3 in. Needs somewhat less water than bluegrass (Poa). ‘Variegatum’ has pale green leaves striped with creamy white. 

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