Seashore Paspalum

Paspalum vaginatum                                                                     

A warm-season perennial grass that produces rhizomes and spreads rapidly by stolons.  It is highly salt tolerant, tolerant to wet soils, and prolonged cloudy conditions. It is best adapted in coastal areas of the tropics and sub-tropics around the world and is most often used as a grass for golf courses in areas impacted by salt or where irrigation with brackish water is necessary.  Its use as a grass for sports turf is growing.

Identifying Characteristics

  • Stolons: Present
  • Rhizomes: Absent
  • Leaves:  
  • Ligule: Short membrane
  • Collar: Narrow, continuous, small tuft of hairs
  • Auricles: Absent
  • Sheaths: Slightly compressed, glabrous, red-brown color
  • Blades: tapering, v-shaped to flay scabrous margins, often twisted, scattered hairs on upper surface, few hairs on lower surface
  • Seedhead:  
  • Spikelets:


  • Mowing Height: 1 to 2 inches
  • Establishment: Sod, Sprig
  • Fertilization: 2 to 5 lbs/1000ft2/Year
  • Adaptation: Coastal Plain

Seashore Paspalum Front

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