St. Augustine Grass

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St. Augustine Grass

Stenotaphrum secundatum
St. Augustine Grass, Carpet Grass
6 inches

1 foot
3

6 inches
Tropical and subtropical Atlantic, including coasts of Africa, West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Full Shade
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • High
  • Evergreen

About This Plant

Shade or partial shade. St. Augustine is thick, lush and evergreen in ideal settings. The visibly folded blades are rounded at the tip. This is the go-to turfgrass for moderate shade under big trees, as long as soils are at least 8-12 inches deep. It often looks happiest in the dappled shade under a pecan tree — because where pecans are thriving, soils are likely to be fairly deep. ‘Floratam’ is a drought-hardy cultivar that can be used on sunnier sites.

Maintenance

St. Augustine shouldn’t be cut shorter than 3 inches; raise the mower blades and mow it every 10 days or so during the warm season. In dry summers you may need to provide St. Augustine 1/2 inch of supplemental water on a weekly basis. To prevent fungal diseases, do it in the morning and avoid wetting it at night.

In winter St. Augustine normally goes dormant; monthly rainfall is usually sufficient to keep the roots moist until March or April.

Features

Plant Type:
Grasses, Groundcover
Size:
6 inches-1' H, 3-6" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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