[Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack.]
is a slow-growing, coarse-textured, warm-season turf that is adapted for use in
low maintenance situations. It is often referred to as "lazy man's
grass" due to its infrequent mowing and fertilization requirements. It
also has a light-green color and spreads by stolons. It does not tolerate
traffic, compaction, high pH, excessive thatch, drought, or heavy shade.
Centipedegrass can often be confused with St. Augustinegrass. However,
centipedegrass has alternating leaves at the nodes whereas St. Augustinegrass
has opposite leaves at the nodes. Centipedegrass also has a more pointed,
slenderer leaf blade than St. Augustinegrass. Both leaf blades are V-shaped in
cross section, but that of St. Augustinegrass has a more obviously boat-shaped
a slender spike
folded in the bud
membranous with fine hairs, hairs longer than purplish membrane, 0.02 inches
(0.5 mm) long
Season / Life Cycle
Blade Tip Shape
shaped or sharp-pointed; flattened, short, sharply creased, hairs along edge
0.1 - 0.2 in
constricted by fused crease, hairs tufted at lower edge
with overlapping margins; sheath has grayish tufts of hairs at throat
Note: Still not
sure this is the right turfgrass? The Turf & Weed Identification
Decision Aid may help. Check the TurfFiles glossary for definitions
of unfamiliar terms.
Need help in selecting the best
turfgrass for your particular situation? The Turf/Cultivar Selection
Decision Aid will help you sort through the options which are available.
For more information on turfgrass/cultivar selection, establishing a new lawn,
caring for a new lawn, or renovating a lawn, see AG-69,
Carolina Lawns. For management information, check
Diseases Which May Affect This Turfgrass
© 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.