Paspalum vaginatum

seashore paspalum

Poaceae (Gramineae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.3-0.8 ft    Width: spreads
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Used as a turf grass or in a wet meadow.
Considerations: Said to be hard to cut and requires frequent cutting. If cut too low, it may recover slowly.
Propagation: This sod former can be acquired as sod or sprigged from pieces of rhizomes.
Availability: Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


Native Habitats: Beaches, borders of salt marshes, disturbed brackish sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Similar in general appearance to St. Augustine grass. To look nice as a turf grass, seashore paspalum requires water and fertilizer and needs frequent mowing. High tolerance for heat and salt and will tolerate some shade. Tolerates some traffic and can recover quickly from moderate wear during spring and summer, but not suited to heavy uses such as ball fields. There is question on how appropriate it is to consider the cultivated varieties native.