Buffalo Grass

Stenotaphrum secundatum - botanical name

Stenotaphrum secundatum

Warm season coarse textured sod forming turf grass spreading by long stout stolons from the West Indies. Strong thick flat stems with pale lime green rigid leaves blunt to boat shape at the apex. Short terminal spike-like flower heads. Useful utilitarian lawn for coastal gardens. Avoid use in children's play areas as may cause skin irritation. Tolerant of salt spray. Sensitive to poor drainage and low fertility. Poor wear tolerance but rejuvenates well. Prone to thatching requiring annual maintenance. Frost sensitive with some browning off. Requires irrigation in dry areas to maintain turf in green condition.

  • Plant type
    Turf
  • Sun/Shade tolerance
    Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Frost tolerance
    Frost sensitive
  • Soil type(s)
    Sand, Loam
  • Water rating
    High
  • Plant origin
    Non indigenous (West Indies)
  • Scale