Scientific NameAxonopus fissifolius
Other Common Names:
gramalote zacate amargo
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
It grows and looks very similar to St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass. It is a perennial creeping grass that produces a thick mat or sward with light green and course-textured blades
The leaf blade is usually flat or folded and 6 inches long and 6 to 12 mm wide; fine hair along margin near base; rounded or slightly pointed; and reddish or purplish near maturity. The ligule is a very short membrane.
Common carpetgrass is a native, warm-season, stoloniferous perennial grass. The height is can range between 0.5 and 2 feet if unmown. It can be found in lawns as desired or an infestation due to its similarity to other turfgrass species.
Flower Seed Head
The seedhead has 2 to 5 (usually 3) slender racemes 1 to 4 in long.
In southern Florida, common carpetgrass stays green all year. Elsewhere, it becomes dormant early in the fall and starts growth in the spring. It produces seedheads and stolons during the active growth period. It reproduces from stolons and from seed. Pure stands are common. It is adapted to clays, sands, mucks, and peats. Most commonly, it is found on slightly acid sandy to sandy loam soils that have a favorable soil-moisture relationship.
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
hairs on basal half only
folded in bud
Mature Leaf Width
less than 5 mm,
6 to 15 mm
flat or oval
less than 1 mm,