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|Size:||0.3-0.8 ft tall by spreads ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|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.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
|Native Habitats:||Beaches, borders of salt marshes, disturbed brackish sites.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
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.
The range in Florida is essentially the sandy coastal areas. A few other herbarium specimens appear to have been gathered from disturbed areas. Given that this species is being used as a turf grass, we can expect it to occasionally occur outside of its historic settings.