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St Augustine Grass

Stenotaphrum secundatum

Also known as

Buffelsgras, Kuslandbuffelsgras (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

2m

20cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Overview

St. Augustine grass can also refer to other grass species, but S. cecundatum grows along coastlines of America, Australia and Africa.The grass grows into a thick carpet and makes this a popular, waterwise lawn or turf. Slow growing makes it more difficult to establish, but low maintainance in the future. A wise choice for more waterwise alternatives to kikuyu lawns.

Common problems

Generally problem free

    Harvesting

    Mow lawns to 6-8cm length to encourage thick carpet to form.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Prepare the soil and broadcast sow seeds in situ, lightly cover but not completely, water with soft overhead watering keeping soil moist until there is root growth, germination takes 4-8 weeks.

    Division

    Divide thick clumps and replant.

    Cuttings

    Make leafy cuttings with a stem with a few nodes and place in well-draining soil to root 6-8 weeks.

    Rhizomes

    Rhizomes can be divided and replanted to new areas.

    Special Features

    Drought resistant

    Wet sites

    Uses

    lawn