Biological Name:

Paspalum spp. (Paspalum)

Natural Habitat:

Paspalum: The natural habitat of Paspalum is in wet or moist areas such as marshes, swamps, and along streams, in the eastern and central regions of North America.


Paspalum is a type of grass that is commonly found in fields and other grassy areas. It is a member of the Poaceae family which also includes plants such as wheat and corn. Paspalum is an annual or perennial plant that produces small green or yellow flowers and clusters of seeds. The plant is often used as a cover crop to improve soil health and suppress weeds. It is also known for its ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions including wet or dry soils. In some areas paspalum is considered a weed because of its ability to invade cultivated areas and cause allergies and other health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is paspalum grass used for?
A: Versatility of Paspalum Tolerant of a wide range of mowing heights, paspalum performs well on golf courses from tee to green. With an upright growth habit, paspalum allows golf balls to sit up in roughs and fairways. It is equally suited to sports fields and landscaping.

Q: Is paspalum a buffalo grass?
A: Buffalo grass (Paspalum conjugatum P. J. Bergius) is a spreading perennial grass with long creeping stolons rooting at the nodes.

Q: How do I get rid of paspalum?
A: The best way to kill Paspalum is to either dig out the Paspalum by hand or apply a small amount of high strength Glyphosate to some of the Paspalum leaves without touching the lawn grass, such as Round-Up or ZeroAqua.

Q: Is there a selective herbicide for paspalum?
A: Tribute 1L is a post-emergent selective herbicide that controls Paspalum in lawns.

Q: Is paspalum a lawn?
A: This is an arsenic based product and therefore it is highly poisonous. For that reason it is not recommended for residential lawns.

Q: What kind of grass is paspalum?
A: Paspalum dilatatum, or Dallis grass, is a common perennial weed often found in lawns and disturbed areas. It is an invasive bunchgrass and its dense growth habit tends to smother and prevent other native species from flourishing.

Q: Is paspalum a crabgrass?
A: Both paspalum and crabgrass are two types of grass weeds, but they differ in several aspects, the most important being the following: Paspalum is a perennial plant, meaning it survives for more than one year. Crabgrass, on the other hand, is an annual plant.

Q: Is paspalum toxic to dogs?
A: There are some common garden plants and grasses which may cause allergic reactions in pets. Wandering Jew (trad) can cause dogs to get itchy feet, lower legs, and stomach as can paspalum and rye grasses.

Q: Can you pull out paspalum?
A: Paspalum can be removed with a sharp knife at the base of the plant, cutting it underneath soil level and into the roots. No need to turn it into a massive single job, half an hour in the garden once a week will remove the weeds with little effort.

Q: Does paspalum grass go dormant in winter?
A: Also, since it’s a warm season grass, it goes dormant during the winter. Overall, paspalum needs moderate amounts of watering a fertilizing but requires frequent mowing to maintain a low cut.

Q: Is paspalum a good pasture?
A: No significant problems. It is accepted as a naturalised self-regenerating summer grass. It is rarely sown.

Q: How long does paspalum grass take to grow?
A: Maturity 75 – 85 Days.

Q: Is paspalum native to Australia?
A: Paspalum dilatatum may be confused with other Paspalum species of which there are around 330 species all mostly from Central and South America. There are 5 species native to Australia. Some of the other species do not have a tufted base, some are not hairy and others with a tufted base generally have more racemes.

Q: Does paspalum go dormant in winter?
A: Life cycle: Paspalum is a perennial, summer-active weed that is dormant in winter. It flowers from October to April. Seeds germinate in moist warm months.

Q: How does paspalum spread?
A: Paspalum self-seeds voraciously, producing sticky seeds that stick to animals and shoes, enabling them to be transported easily to new locations. Once established, paspalum clumps are difficult to eradicate.

Q: How do you maintain paspalum grass?
A: Mowing frequency Mow your paspalum lawn leaving at least a third of its height. This will improve the look as well and help in controlling weeds.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.