[Axonopus affinis Chase]
is a slow-growing, medium-green (and sometimes greenish yellow), coarsely
textured turfgrass that is adapted to low-maintenance, general-purpose turf.
It prefers full sun to moderate shade and performs well in wet, shady, acidic
soils where other grasses may not. Carpetgrass looks very similar to
centipedegrass except that it produces a crabgrass-like seedhead, and
centipedegrass has hairs along the edges of the leaves.
2-5 spikes in each head; spikes broad at base, and tapering to a point
folded in the bud
fringe of hairs fused at the base, 0.04 inches (1 mm) wide
Season / Life Cycle
season turf or perennial weed
Blade Tip Shape
0.31 inches (4 - 8 mm) wide
not hairy or with only a few hairs
sheath has few long hairs on margin
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© North Carolina State University. This information sheet was prepared
by Arthur H. Bruneau, Bridget R. Lassiter, Gail G. Wilkerson, Emily J.
Erickson, Casey Reynolds, Jenifer J. Reynolds, and Gregory S. Buol. Department
of Crop Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, North Carolina
State University. Prepared April 29, 2008. Available
on-line at www.turffiles.ncsu.edu. This publication was made possible through a
grant provided by the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research &
Education (CENTERE) whose purpose is to support worthwhile projects that will
benefit both the private sector and the public, and protect the environment.