Bahia Grass

Paspalum notatum

Species origin:

North and South Americas

Varieties - Pensacola bahiagrass

Pensacola Bahia grass is suitable as a permanent pasture for intensive grazing and for hay production particularly in the higher rainfall areas. Due to its aggressive and soil binding root system, it is also suitable for erosion control.

Plant characteristics

  • Growth habit – low growing or prostrate growth habit, thus requiring intensive management for productivity. It has a strong root system and can spread slowly by stolons.
  • Uses – when grown for grazing, it combines well with legumes and appears relatively tolerant to shading.
  • Adaptation – grows well in rainfall zones of 700mm – 1,500mm and prefers light textured and well drained soils. It can tolerate salinity up to 4,500 ppm, growth can be adversely affected by higher than this level of salinity
  • Uses – grazing or hay in an intensive system requiring input of water and fertiliser. Due to its prostrate growth habit, it is also suitable as amenity turf or as a ground cover for erosion control.


Seed characteristics

Seeds are small – seed coating will improve seeding operation and establishment.

Seed dormancy – can be a problem especially in freshly harvested seeds.

Seeding rate

  • Bare seeds at 3-5kg/ha
  • Coated seeds at 4-8kg/ha