Carpetgrass

Description

Carpetgrass 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.

Lawn Maintenance

Species Data

  • SEEDHEAD / FLOWER
  • VERNATION TYPE
  • LIGULE TYPE
    • short, fringe of hairs fused at the base, 0.04 inches (1 mm) wide
      Figure 7
  • GROWTH SEASON / LIFE CYCLE
    • warm season turf or perennial weed
  • AURICLE TYPE
    • absent
  • LEAF BLADE TIP SHAPE
  • LEAF BLADE WIDTH
    • 0.16 - 0.31 inches (4 - 8 mm) wide
      Figure 10
  • STOLON PRESENCE
    • present
  • RHIZOME PRESENCE
    • absent
  • COLLAR TYPE
    • continuous; not hairy or with only a few hairs
  • SHEATH MARGIN
    • open; sheath has few long hairs on margin
Carpetgrass seedhead.Figure 1. Carpetgrass seedhead.Carpetgrass seedhead.Figure 2. Carpetgrass seedhead.Carpetgrass seedhead.Figure 3. Carpetgrass seedhead.Carpetgrass seedhead.Figure 4. Carpetgrass seedhead.Carpetgrass vernation.Figure 5. Carpetgrass vernation.Carpetgrass vernation.Figure 6. Carpetgrass vernation.Carpetgrass ligule.Figure 7. Carpetgrass ligule.Carpetgrass leaf blade.Figure 8. Carpetgrass leaf blade tip shape.Carpetgrass leaf blade.Figure 9. Carpetgrass leaf blade tip shape.Carpetgrass leaf blade width.Figure 10. Carpetgrass leaf blade width.

Written By

Photo of Dr. Charles PeacockDr. Charles PeacockProfessor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist (919) 515-7615 charles_peacock@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
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