Eremochloa ophiuroides                                                                           

A light green, low growing, warm-season perennial that creeps by slender, flat, leafy stolons. It forms a desirable turf from North Carolina south through Georgia and North Florida and then westward around the Gulf into Arkansas and Texas.

Identifying Characteristics

  • Stolons: Present
  • Rhizomes: Absent
  • Leaves: Folded in the bud
  • Ligule: A short membrane with short hairs across the top
  • Collar: Broad, much constricted, hairy
  • Auricles: Absent
  • Sheaths: Compressed, flattened, hairs at the edge near the ligule, a prominent mid-vein
  • Blades: Compressed or flattened, short, less than 1/4 inch wide, strong mid-vein, sparsely hairy along the edges
  • Seedhead: a slender spike
  • Spikelets: broad at the base tapering to a rounded tip, a single seed


  • Mowing Height: 1 to 2 inches
  • Establishment: Sod, Sprig
  • Fertilization: 1 to 2 lbs/1000ft2/Year
  • Adaptation: Statewide

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